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Zombies, Inafune and Ryu - Ninja Gaiden Z exposed

Yaiba revealed to be a collaboration between Inafune, Spark and Team Ninja.

Team Ninja unveiled a new offshoot in the Ninja Gaiden series - and it's a zombie infested game that's being made with the aid of Keiji Inafune and Spark Unlimited.

Ninja Gaiden Z had a reveal of sorts last week when it was teased in Famitsu last week by its other name Yaiba. Yaiba, it turns out, is the lead character of the game, and he's in pursuit of Ninja Gaiden's traditional hero, Ryu Hayabusa.

Inafune came out to make the announcement at a Team Ninja event in Shibuya on the eve of the Tokyo Game Show. "The collaboration I'm announcing today is almost like a dream come true," the former Capcom man said while sporting a Dawn of the Dead t-shirt.

"The reality, for a lot of creators, is that they can't make the games that they really want to make. There are boundaries and rules and people that have some say. I'm very happy that I'm here today being able to make the games that I really want to make."

There was no release window given and no platforms were announced, though Team Ninja's Yosuke Hayashi said it would be for consoles.

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