Ninja Gaiden 3 will be 'more accessible'

Let's be honest - the last two Ninja Gaiden games kicked our collective asses. You know this, we know this, and apparently Team Ninja knows this because according to its new boss, Yosuke Hayashi, the studio is planning to make the third game in the Ninja Gaiden series a little more fun, and a little less punishing.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Hayashi explained that Team Ninja is focused on making the next Ninja Gaiden even more thrilling than the last, but with less of an emphasis on brutally punishing gameplay.  “That's just one of the elements. It's more like having excitement from fighting an exciting boss. That is what we needed."

Looking back at the previous entries (which were then guided by ex-company head Tomonobu Itagaki) Hayashi also noted that while the games' above-average challenge was a conscious choice, the studio is intent on making the next Ninja Gaiden entry a little more open to players outside of the 'die-hard' demographic.

Asked to clarify just how easier the next game will be, he added: "Not easy ... but it will enable more people to play. More accessible. We don't plan to have Ninja Gaiden 3 only for the really good, skilled people."

Ninja Gaiden III was first announced by Tecmo Koei behind closed doors at last year's Tokyo Game show, and is expected to surface at this year's E3.

Jan 24, 2011

[Source: Eurogamer ]

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  • randilon - January 31, 2011 3:38 a.m.

  • Chaoscoolperson - January 26, 2011 1:59 a.m.

    did i mention i was on either easy or normal difficulty? I loved the game but it was extremely difficult.
  • Chaoscoolperson - January 26, 2011 1:45 a.m.

    I played Ninja Gaiden 2 only and got to the archdemon but could only knock his health down 2/3s before getting spammed with jihadist ghost fish torpedo missiles
  • Syncmaster - January 26, 2011 1:30 a.m.

    Ive finished NG2, it was hard but never frustrating, really good. But you know a game I cant play? Devil May Cry.. its just too stupid, you battle 30 minutes to get to a boss a without a clue about it get killed, there goes my 30 minutes away, reapeat at least 3 times every level and you got my freaking HATEEEE
  • Scoob - January 25, 2011 4:59 p.m.

    The challenge is what I liked about the games. Like any game, it got easy once you figured out how to fight the bosses though. I can't figure out the last game that made me feel as good as I did after beating bosses in Ninja Gaiden. Sadly, this is an indication of gaming going mainstream. With bigger budgets, studios need to ensure their titles are going to be sellers, and that means making them "accessible."
  • boondocks50 - January 25, 2011 10:39 a.m.

    if they make it a lot easier than 2 that will be stupid and i prolly wont buy, cause 2 wasnt that hard and i like NG beacuase its a hard game
  • HumorTumor - January 25, 2011 4:34 a.m.

    I didn't think Ninja Gaiden was too hard till Master Ninja on Ninja Gaiden Black. But hopefully they have a difficulty relative to the first 2 for us.
  • Lionzest7 - January 25, 2011 2 a.m.

    Not really a fan of hayashi's work. Sigma 2 was so much easier, but prettier. Personally I feel like NG2 xbox is the definitive make, it feels like you're missing half the enemies in sigma2, which is the case. The game also added in questionable bosses and sub bosses that feel kind of silly afterthoughts (tired of fighting the buddah statue type boss for every additional). Ninja Gaiden without the difficulty is just a more agile action game with less super pretty combos. Hayashi took out the blood and brutality, so I expect him to take out some of the violence. :/
  • InsomniacGamer - January 25, 2011 1:30 a.m.

    Thats what i like about ninja gaiden that its challenging. Its so satisfying when you finaly beat that game
  • NocturnalRight - January 25, 2011 12:58 a.m.

    @n00b if I remember correctly every DMC games has had an easy auto mode for the less skilled. Yeah two is easier than one. I'm okay with this as long as they don't make it ridiculously easy.
  • luckyhat4 - January 25, 2011 12:54 a.m.

    I'm actually kind of okay with this new method of making games, I just think that the big companies are half-way there to doing it right. The indie companies have this system where they fund their development with pre-order monies, which works great because it necessitates an open and steady development process with a lot of fan input. You can make better games in the long run that way, in most cases. There will of course be those auteurs who have to be secretive and will work the traditional way, but that's fine--they can stick around as long as they make money. What really worries me about this is who exactly is the party of interest in Gamers' Voice? I bet that it's not gamers they're interested in; they're probably just a bunch of lawyers who saw an opportunity to make money in a civil suit. At least, that's how civil suits always work out in the United States--the lawyers make all the money, and it's just a tax on free enterprise. I don't think the UK's current legal system handles this any better than ours. :/
  • hanktherapper - January 25, 2011 12:23 a.m.

    How about fix the camera and get rid of cheap deaths?
  • sgloomy - January 24, 2011 11:39 p.m.

    i actually thought ninja gaiden two was a bit easier than one, but if anything, they should make the third one harder because thats why they are so much fun, that and the whole cutting everything up as an awesome ninja.
  • AlpineGuy - January 24, 2011 11:32 p.m.

    Personally, I find this to be a godsend. I like a good challenge, but so long as I have the OPTION for more accessible play, I don't think Ninja Gaiden's hardcore reputation is in any danger.
  • Redeater - January 24, 2011 11:05 p.m.

    I never played the second one but I finished the first one. While I don't remember it being impossibly hard I do remember it being difficult enough. @Aletheon That is quite the chip on your shoulder. Maybe they are lowering the challenge because not all people are as good as you clearly are? Besides, if you don't want to play on easy that is your choice I'm sure they will still have the hardest mode in the game.
  • Deutero - January 24, 2011 10:27 p.m.

    honestly i quite like the fact that it has taken me over 2 years to get halfway through master ninja difficulty. the insane difficulty is what keeps me coming back and gives me great pride at reaching the next checkpoint. lets hope they don't completely cheapen the prestige of being one of the few people that can play and complete the master ninja difficulty
  • Imgema - January 24, 2011 10:24 p.m.

    I never understood why these games are known as some of the hardest around. Sure they are challenging but with a good use of items its actually quite easy. Overall i think they had the right difficulty for a seasoned player. So now Ninja Gaiden goes casual. Like 99% of games out there. Wonderful.
  • paganpoet - January 24, 2011 10:24 p.m.

    Honestly, Ninja Gaiden 2 wasn't nearly as hard as the first or as bad as people make it out to be. Challenging? Yes, but not ridiculous. The first Ninja Gaiden, though? Damn, I gave up after 3 levels lol
  • MattoMcFly - January 24, 2011 10:17 p.m.

    I don't think Team Ninja would ever make it out and out easy, and I don't believe that's what they're doing. I think Team Ninja took a step back, realized that they can get a lot more people on board the Ninja Gaiden train if they just turned down the difficulty from 'holy crap this is insane tough' to 'wow, this is a pretty challenging game'. But yes, to keep everyone happy, I'm sure they'll include a master nina difficult mode
  • Aletheon - January 24, 2011 10:06 p.m.

    IF they take away the brilliant balance of challenge, then I'm not buying the game. It's disgusting to see how much power the crybaby critics have on games. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Ninja Gaiden 1 & 2....these are action games that are supposed to be challenging. Nobody is willing to do the work. Reminds me of peoples complaints about Prinny games. Whaaa, its too hard, the jump is broken, i can't do it!!! whaaaa!! No. the game has very accurate mechanics and if you put in the practice, you'll find the game gives you PLENTY of tools to win EASILY. But no, we have too many terrible crybaby gamers nowadays.

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