Tecmo Koei’s Team Ninja is currently hard at work on a title for Sony’s new console.
Team leader Yosuke Hayashi confirmed the news to Dengeki Online (as translated by Gematsu), as part of a feature highlight what major Japanese developers think of the PlayStation 4’s capabilities. Hayashi spoke kindly about the Share button, network capabilities, and easy patching procedure before announcing that the team was indeed working on a PS4 game of their own. “We’re also we’re also developing a PlayStation 4 title internally, so please look forward to future updates,” he teased.
Hayashi offered no indication of whether the game would also be coming to Xbox One, but given the focus of the article and the fact that Microsoft has yet to announce a firm release date for the console in Japan, it’s hardly confirmation that the title is a Sony exclusive.
It’ll be curious to see whether the project will launch a new IP for Team Ninja or whether they’ll continue to follow the lead of former studio head and female objectification enthusiast Tomonobu Itagaki. Itagaki’s tenure infamously ended in 2008 with a lawsuit against Tecmo Koei over withheld bonus pay. Since then, all but one of Team Ninja’s internal projects have all been sequels to two properties Itagaki had a firm hand in creating: Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive.
The next game to be released under the Team Ninja banner is Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, though most development duties were also shared with the California-based Spark Unlimited and Keiji Inafune’s Comcept. Yaiba is due out for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and iOS on March 18, 2014.