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Ninja Gaiden 3 revealed

With one image.

Hack and slash sequel Ninja Gaiden 3 was shown behind closed doors at the Tokyo Game Show today.

Japanese publisher Tecmo Koei took the lid off of the game with a solitary image, VideoGamer.com reports.

Apparently we'll see series star Ryo Hayabusa's more human side, and discover more about him.

It's also a more violent and bloody experience, although we can't possibly imagine how. The image below holds clues.

The report suggests Ryo, like so many videogame characters these days, will be visiting hell and kicking ass.

No release date or platforms were mentioned.

The announcement comes as no surprise. Last year Team Ninja's new boss Yosuke Hayashi promised Ninja Gaiden would return - and that it would do so as a multi-platform game.

"We feel that we're in a position of being able to make that call, and to provide pure entertainment that's going to be enjoyed by action gamers and our fans," he said. "That calling is already there - we feel it, and therefore we will continue to work towards a future for the series."

Xbox 360-exclusive Ninja Gaiden 2 was released in June 2008, and we liked it quite a bit.