Team NINJA has released new screenshots depicting a fresh look into Yaiba Kamikaze’s chaotic plight showing off new bosses, harvested weapons, and an all-new environment featured in the upcoming YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z. Deep within an enormous armoured fortress travelling across a snowy wasteland, Yaiba is surrounded by a pack of massive two-headed zombie toddlers known as the Terrible Two. Armed with his mech harvested rocket launcher, one shot will take them out before they even have a chance to try and devour him. Yaiba then continues the bloodbath and harvests the zombie tot’s mammoth Shoulder Blade into a club to take out the rest of the horde. Batter up, zombie fodder!
For those who may not have heard about the game, in YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z, players will battle fierce zombies as Yaiba, a cyborg ninja who will do anything to get revenge and stay alive. Cleaved in two, he is brought back to life with cyber-technology. Brandishing his ninja sword and the mecha weapons in his cyber arm, he slaughters zombies with brutal, over-the-top abandon. Step into a stylized living comic book where stunning graphics depict a world gone mad. Hordes of undead can only be stopped by Yaiba’s willingness to use any means necessary to get the job done. Will he kill by turning his cyber arm into a razor chainsaw for slicing up undead—or just rip off an opponent’s arms to use as zombie nunchucks?
Both possibilities fill Yaiba’s heart with twisted laughter in this upcoming collaboration between famed developers Team NINJA and comcept’s Keiji Inafun. YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z will be available for Xbox 360 on March 18, 2014.
Earlier this morning Team NINJA let loose (released) the 2nd episode of the Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z developer diary series. This second video explores the creation process of the franchise’s first cyber ninja, Yaiba Kamikaze, from conception right through to execution. Find out what makes Yaiba’s cybernetics tick, why Yaiba is the ninja to drink with and more with observations from Executive Producer, Yosuke Hayashi and Producer, Conceptor, Keiji Inafune, Art Director Shinsuke Komaki (comcept), Game Director, Masahiro Yasuma (comcept), Lead Game Designer, Cory Davis and Producer, John Garcia-Shelton (Spark) in “Yaiba: Ninja Badass”.
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will be available for the Xbox 360 on 21st March this year.
It has been announcedtoday that a Special Edition of YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z will be available at launch in limited supply for fans that purchase the retail game for either the Xbox 360 when it launches on 21stMarch.
The Special Edition of YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z will include an exclusive full colour comic book by Dark Horse Comics, exclusive Yaiba themed DLC costumes for both Ryu Hayabusa and Momiji for use in Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate and an original soundtrack for Xbox 360 which is included on physical disc.
I got to play the demo of this at last September’s Eurogamer Expo, and really loved it. The demo was a very early alpha build but the combat was fluid and smoothed and cell shaded style and animation really suited the game and story.
Epic Games in Japan has come to an agreement with Tecmo Koei Games to license the Unreal Engine 3 technology for the development of “YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z,” a bold new take on the renowned “NINJA GAIDEN” franchise.
Team NINJA, the development team from Tecmo Koei describes the game as a “new experience” and that it “is not a sequel”, but as with any game running the Unreal Engine 3 we can already build a picture in our minds of how awesome this could possibly look!
Quoted by Yosuke Hayashi, studio head of Team NINJA. “As with any new title, there are many new challenges, from the game design to art style and even development team structure. Unreal Engine 3 is a great ally to have when taking on those challenges. Unreal Engine allows us to quickly and efficiently iterate on countless ideas, and ‘YAIBA’ is now taking on a life of its own. We can’t wait until gamers everywhere get their hands on the ultimate ninja zombie experience.”
YAIBA: NINJA GAIDEN Z is currently in development and Tecmo Koei will reveal more information in the coming months.