You can never have enough ninjas. Tecmo brings Yaiba to Valve’s digital platform. Growing market for undead cyber slashing.
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will release on Steam, Tecmo Koei announced today. This is positive news, from an otherwise quiet title on the game-radar. The hack n slash has a lot going for it, including an arrival during the ground swelling of a rather compelling genre trend: Cyborgs, ninjas and zombies.
Yes, ninjas, robots and the undead are nothing new, but throwing them all together in the same arena has yet to reach saturation. Warframe exhibits cyborg ninjas and “infested” enemies, and while both titles are vastly different; the point is, all three concepts are popularizing within the mainstream. And in Warframe’s case, garnering successful results.
As for the latest Ninja Gaiden entry, fighting zombies as half ninja - half cyborg just got sweeter with the addition of a PC release. “Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is an impressive project led by the expertise of Team NINJA’s Yosuke Hayashi and Comcept’s Keiji Inafune, with the goal of creating a thrilling new experience for fans,” said SVP and General Manager of Tecmo Koei America, Amos Ip. “We are extremely pleased to offer Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z on PC through Steam, giving us the ability to reach as many gamers as possible with their action-packed creation,” he added.
Considering the collaborative effort between Hayashi and Inafune there’s much intrigue and anticipation surrounding YNGZ. With influence stemming from Ryu Hayabusa’s exploits and cybernetic augmentations offerings from the Blue Bomber’s father himself, YNGZ may be 2014’s first sleeper hit.
Between a growing genre and uncertain risk, where does YNGZ stand? For now, up in the air. As a con, YNGZ has not seen much marketing, but as a pro, is utilizing, stylish, comic-like art direction and, as mentioned above, a compilation of popular themes.
If there’s any certainty surrounding Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, it’s this alluring motif. However, as we all know, this game, like any other, will come down to the execution quality of gameplay and its accompanying modes; though, expanding the casting net to PC is a wise momentum builder.
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will launch alongside the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions in early 2014.