Ninja Gaiden 3 will be 'more accessible'

Studio head says next Ninja Gaiden will ease off on series' trademark difficulty level

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 alittle less punishing.

In aninterview with Eurogamer, Hayashi explained that Team Ninjaisfocused on making the nextNinja Gaideneven more thrilling than the last,butwith less of an emphasis onbrutally punishing gameplay.%26ldquo;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) Hayashialso noted that while the games' above-average challenge was a conscious choice, the studio is intent on makingthe next Ninja Gaiden entrya 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


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