You’ve got to love ninjas. They’re cool as hell, awesome assassins that will make your “Death by Ninja” tombstone the coolest piece of granite in any graveyard. They’ve dipped their stealthy throwing stars into all forms of media, from comic books to that guilty pleasure of mine, Michael Dudikoff and his American Ninja films, and any video game featuring them is always going to have at least one awesome showdown. The Ninja Gaiden games have proven this time and time again, despite boasting difficulty levels that are the digital equivalent of mental torture, but this time, newcomers to the series might get a gentler start to the game.
According to developer Team Ninja, Ninja Gaiden 3 will be a game that will appeal to both hardcore fans and shinobi rookies. In an interview with Edge Magazine, producer Yosuke Hayashi detailed how his team is crafting a game that is aiming to provide an enjoyable experience for gamers of differing skill levels.
Ninja Gaiden fans want a challenge, and we want to offer them a game that is challenging. But we also don’t want that to be a barrier to people who haven’t played these games, who haven’t played this franchise.
It’s not about the game being too easy or too hard, it just seems like (new players) have a different skillset. So we want to offer a game to both kinds of players. We’re not trying to nerf the game. We are definitely going to have a hard game for the people who want it.
So does that mean that we will be getting more than the three standard difficulty levels, or will Ninja Gaiden 3 take pity on players and have a sliding difficulty that will adjust itself accordingly? Who knows, but at least we’ll be able to get our ninja groove on when the game launches next year.