I have to say Team Ninja is definitely taking a bold step into the direction of multiplayer by making it more competitive based this time around as well as having the cooperative experience. You might even ask yourselves how something like this could even begin to turn out well in this sort of genre. Still I think its nice to see something like Ninja Gaiden delve deeper into multi-player in general, which I think fans may begin to appreciate depending on how good it does.
Jeff Rubenstein over at the Playstation Blog gives us the inside scoop on all the details of multiplayer, Playstation Move support, and the title being worked on for the Vita. You can check out a little taste of the interview below, but be sure to go to the PS.BLOG for more of the interview.
“PlayStation.Blog: A focus at today’s event is multiplayer. The format for successful multiplayer shooters is well established, but there are strikingly few melee-based action games which incorporate 4v4 online multiplayer. What do you think is the core recipe for success?
Yosuke Hayashi, Head, Team Ninja: The Ninja Gaiden series is traditionally for a single player and there’s no multiplayer modes for action games. That is one of the reasons we decided to do so, because there isn’t any such thing in the market.
PSB: There were some cool co-op missions in Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 for PS3. Did that set the stage for this competitive multiplayer mode, and will we see something similar in Ninja Gaiden 3?
YH: NGS2 had a co-op mode, and we’ve always been thinking about adding a multiplayer mode into NG3. Of course, a co-op mode is less difficult to implement than a multiplayer mode. NG3 has a multiplayer competitive mode, as well as a co-op mode, so you can enjoy both.
[It was also revealed at the event that new NGS+ will feature new controls and challenge modes, as well as incorporating some styles and features from Ninja Gaiden 3.]“
You can expect to see Ninja Gaiden 3 for PS3 hitting store shelves in March sometime, and we will keep you posted on the exact date of the release when we hear about it. Ninja Gaiden Sigma+ for the Vita will become available before the release of NG3 and during the launch window of the Vita.