Koei Tecmo has been on a roll with its video game developments in the past couple of years. With Nioh and Nioh 2 performing exceptionally well and a few more titles like Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty waiting for its release, the Japanese developer is working over the clock to provide a great gaming experience.
However, many fans have noted that while new IPs by them are dime and dozen, their legacy title Ninja Gaiden hasn’t seen the same amount of love and care. The last title released by Koei Tecmo was the Master Collection for PC and consoles. The last new Ninja Gaiden was the spin-off Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z in 2014.
That doesn’t mean that the publisher isn’t interested in revisiting the universe. In a recent interview with VGC, Fumihiko Yasuda, the game director of Wu Long: Fallen Dynasty, was asked about the fate of the franchise.
Yasuda-san acknowledged the existence of a big fanbase for the title which Koei Tecmo themselves are aware of. He said that the developers still have a desire to please the fanbase. The problem, as of now, is the lack of resources within the current team.
Regardless, when asked if they could give the title to a younger team or get the franchise outsourced, Yasuda-san showed his interest.
“We’re not announcing anything, but both of those ideas sound like great plans and are both possibilities in a sense. Those are both very, very reasonable ideas for potentially a sequel in any series, not just Ninja Gaiden,” Yasuda-san said.
But what I want to say is, if we were to theoretically work with another company on a new Ninja Gaiden title, we would need to make sure that it would be a title that the fans would enjoy and exceed their expectations.
He also added that whoever makes a new Ninja Gaiden game needs to fit the “Ninja Gaiden pedigree.” They won’t hand it over to the first person that asks. Yasuda-san hopes of delivering good news one day.