At its pre-TGS event in Shibuya, Tokyo, Team Ninja just
announced that Ninja Gaiden 3 will feature online multiplayer for up to eight
players with both cooperative and competitive modes. While we didn't see any
actual gameplay, the developers gave us a handful of details to give us an idea
of what we can expect.
The theme of NG3's multiplayer is "World of ninjas,"
and as you might expect, everyone plays as a ninja and each ninja challenges
other ninjas to become the world's top ninja. No specifics were given about the
actual modes, but we're told that there will be a mix of both co-op and versus,
and that ambitious aspiring ninjas will even have a chance to challenge Ryu
Hayabusa himself. Ninja Gaiden 3 has a strong focus on story this time, and it
sounds like even the multiplayer will reflect that in some way, with a dash of
ninja-style drama like the ability to betray your ninja comrades.
And speaking of story, Team Ninja also released a new
trailer for Ninja Gaiden 3 meant to showcase the theme of "consequence"
that will be integral to this chapter in Ryu Hayabusa's quest. The over-the-top
dismemberment of its predecessor has been replaced in favor of more realistic enemy
kills, and the idea behind that is to make the player really feel what it's
like to cut a person down in cold blood. To that end, Team Ninja says they've
taken great lengths to make the Hayabusa's adversaries feel like real humans,
rather than just sacks of gore for you tear apart.
If you're still wary of Ninja Gaiden's notorious difficulty,
there's a new easy mode called Hero mode along with the traditional normal and
hard modes. Team Ninja is so proud of the story they've created this time
around that they wanted to give less skilled players a chance to experience the
story without the hardcore gameplay. Masochists have nothing to fear though, as
we saw first-hand at the event how insanely tough the hard mode is – even the
developer demoing the game to the crowd at the event couldn't pass even the
very first level (which takes place in London, by the way) on the hard setting, and after two attempts had to drop down
to normal. Yikes!
Sep 14, 2011