Game Source Entertainment, a distributor in Hong Kong, recently listed the Ninja Gaiden Trilogy for PlayStation 4 and Switch but just as quickly deleted the listing. It revealed the collection includes Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, and would be launching in March 2021 for $39.99. Koei Tecmo have not announced any such collection, and we don’t know if these are simple ports or remasters but the lower price point does suggest port without enhancements.
It’s been the best part of a decade since we last saw a mainline entry in the popular Ninja Gaiden series, Japanese developer Team Ninja has been working on Nioh 2 but the game’s director hinted at a potential new game in the franchise.
Speaking with IGN, Fumihiko Yasuda did not reveal any solid details though the following quote pulled from an interview strongly suggests we could be seeing Ryu Hayabusa and friends in the near future:
The core members of the team that worked on Ninja Gaiden want to make a new game,” said Yasuda. “We are aware that some fans wanted Ninja Gaiden more than Nioh 2. Now we see a lot of ninja games like [Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice] as well, and we see a lot of good inspirations in those games, so we hope to deliver some good news one day.
The last we saw of Ninja Gaiden was 2014’s awful zombie slashing spin-off, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. Co-developed alongside the now defunct Spark Unlimited, Yaiba saw the series hit a devastating low point – we scored it worrying 4/10 in our review.
As Yasuda notes, we’re currently in a golden age of games focused on samurai, shoguns, and shinobi. Although Nioh has been a major success for Team Ninja, we’re fascinated to see what the developer could do with Ninja Gaiden, especially on the upcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.