Tecmo Koei will be updating
Ninja Gaiden for 2012 in several ways when the third title's released
later this month. Besides classing things up a notch with a stronger
emphasis on character development and a new 8-player online mode, the
company will also be doing that other thing we're all doing this
year: locking said mode behind an Online Pass.
We're sure the company
didn't come to this decision lightly: what with Online Passes still
being somewhat controversial among consumers, and what with Ninja
Gaiden being a series explicitly marketed toward fans of sharp
objects and extreme violence, this decision doubtless caused some
sleepless nights for the management in question.
But then, if you're
the sort of Ninja Gaiden fan who'd take this to heart,
you've probably pre-ordered the Special Edition; and if you really haven't been keeping up with Ninja Gaiden, you're probably still wondering how they got online play onto a 20-year-old game in the first place...