Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden franchises could receive a reboot according to reports

Team Ninja has reportedly confirmed that it plans to reboot Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive in the not too distant future.

That’s according to a translation of a talk the developer’s president held in South Korea this week. According to Ruliweb, Fumihiko Yasuda said during a panel at the G-Star conference in Busan that he was working to bring fans more news as soon as possible.

A slide shown at the bottom of their panel, shown below, reportedly shows footage from the two classic Team Ninja series along with the headline, “The Future of Team Ninja: Reboot of Popular Series” in Japanese. Yasuda has publicly stated his desire to revive the Ninja Gaiden series several times.

The Tecmo action-adventure series hasn’t seen a mainline installment since 2012’s Ninja Gaiden 3. Yasuda, who is the director of Nioh and its sequel, was a level designer for Ninja Gaiden 2 and directed the third installment in the series, the first since the departure of lead creator Tomonobu Itagaki.

Then, earlier this year, he said that “all the pieces would have to fit” for a theoretical future Ninja Gaiden game to be developed, and expressed a willingness to potentially outsource a new game to an outside company or to a younger in-house team.

“We are not announcing anything”, Yasuda said, “But both ideas sound like great plans and both are possibilities in a sense. Those are very, very reasonable ideas for a possible sequel in any series, not just Ninja Gaiden..

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