Zombies: Can’t un-live with them, can’t enjoy some brains without being one of them. This generation finally saw nazis replaced as the defacto video game bad guys with the walking dead, an idea that has already been run into the ground and resurrected. But the upcoming Ninja Gaiden spin-off Yaiba has some different ideas in mind for what makes a zombie fun.
“I feel there are two sides that make zombies interesting when it comes to movies and games,” Ninja Gaiden Z creator Keiji Inafune said to SiliconEra.
There is a drama aspect like you would see in The Walking Dead, which has elements of tension and fear, but there is also humour and that’s what makes working with zombies a fun theme.
Personally, I like the humour aspect, which is why both of those games have humour in them. I love zombies and I have my own rules for what zombies can and cannot do. Zombies can’t run. They aren’t intelligent, and so forth. For this game, those rules don’t apply.
The zombies that appear in Yaiba are different from other zombies. We loosened the mould of what zombies can and cannot do. That leaves a lot of freedom for us, Team Ninja, and Spark to input lots of ideas. Certainly, there will be humorous ideas that come from that. I hope you look forward to different kinds of humor in this game.
I played an early version of the game at E3, and Inafune is spot-on with those comments. These ain’t your momma’s shambling dead. The Yaiba variant are fast, strong, agile and goofy and help to serve as comic relief for the fast-paced action of the game.
And compared to the usual tone of zombies that refraaaaaaaaaaaain from such shenanigans, it’s refreshing.