Former Team Ninja boss Tomonobu Itagaki was always fairly vocal about how Ninja Gaiden 2 would be the last in the series, up until his not-too-merry departure from the company last June, just before the game’s release. However, new head-honcho Yosuke Hayashi revealed in an interview with Kikizo that the series may not be dead just yet.
When prompted about a possible sequel, Hayashi said, “Regardless of what Itagaki-san said before, in time, what the consumers, the gamers are looking for is going to be the next chapter – the future of an outstanding series. We feel that we’re in a position of being able to make that call, and to provide pure entertainment that’s going to be enjoyed by action gamers and our fans. That calling is already there – we feel it, and therefore we will continue to work towards a future for the series.”
Nothing concrete, but at least it gives hope to the legions of Gaiden fans out there. Hayashi has already proved himself with the excellent DS title, so a third Ninja Gaiden installment could be well worth keeping an eye on.
Elsewhere in the interview, Hayashi also confirmed that Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, the remake of last year’s hit, would remain a PS3 exclusive.