The future of Gaiden ninja the franchise is uncertain right now. Team Ninja is currently too busy with Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty and the PlayStation exclusive Rise of the Ronin to do anything with their classic franchises, but there’s no reason they can’t outsource a new Ninja Gaiden game to another developer according to Wo Long director Fumihiko Yasuda.
Could there be a new Ninja Gaiden game?
Team Ninja is aware that the Ninja Gaiden franchise has a large fan base. Yasuda said VGC that they “still have a desire to please those fans” and “there’s that feeling of wanting to create a new entry in those series.” The problem is that there aren’t the resources within the current team to be compatible with a new Ninja Gaiden game. However, when asked if they could hand over the franchise to a younger in-house team or even outsource the franchise entirely to a new developer, Yasuda seemed very enthusiastic about the idea:
We’re not announcing anything, but both of these ideas sound like grand plans and are both possibilities in a sense. Those are two very, very reasonable ideas for potentially a sequel in any series, not just Ninja Gaiden. But what I mean is that if we were to theoretically work with another company on a new Ninja Gaiden title, we would have to make sure that it was a title that fans would really enjoy and exceed their expectations.
Yasuda added that whichever team ends up creating a new game, “it really would have to match Ninja Gaiden’s pedigree”, so it won’t be given to the first people who ask for it. Regardless of the decision regarding Ninja Gaiden, Yasuda still hopes to “announce some good news one day.”
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