Team Ninja leader Yosuke Hayashi revealed at an event in Tokyo this evening the developer's next major projects, including a new Ninja Gaiden game for consoles and the revival of a game we know as Ni-Oh.

Hayashi said that the team responsible for the Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden series of games was already hard at work on the follow-up to Ninja Gaiden II—and its PlayStation 3 port, Ninja Gaiden 2 Sigma—showing off concept art for the game he referred to as Ninja Gaiden 3.

The concept image featured a close-up of a bloody Ryu Hayabusa, the reflection of a blank-looking face in the ninja's right eye.

That image was the extent of what the new, lean, Hayashi-lead Team Ninja was willing to show at a dinner in Ueno. No platforms or release dates were given. Hayashi said that we should expect to learn more about Ninja Gaiden 3 sometime next year.

After completing work on Metroid: Other M, Hayashi pointed to the team's next cross-company collaboration, this time sticking closer to home. Team Ninja will be finishing the development of a game called Ni-Oh, an action game originally being developed by Tecmo's corporate partner Koei.


We've only seen Ni-Oh, a game announced in 2005 as a PlayStation 3 exclusive, in pre-rendered cinematic form. Hayashi told us that development of Ni-Oh had been put on hold at Koei, but that Team Ninja was now taking over, working with Koei founder Kou Shibusawa on the project, switching gears from ninja-based action to something more samurai-centric.

Team Ninja didn't show anything new related to Ni-Oh.

The developer is currently hard at work developing a stereoscopic 3D version of its Dead or Alive fighting game series for the NIntendo 3DS.