Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi answers questions from the PlayStation Community at gamescom 2011 on the upcoming Ninja Gaiden 3 on PS3.
What is the biggest difference between Ninja Gaiden 2 and 3? (European_Gamer)
We've introduced a new concept for Ninja Gaiden 3 - the Japanese dark hero. In the past the game was focused on killing the enemy and instead now you concentrate on killing other human beings. This means that the main character Ryu Hayabusa has to face up to the fact that he is killing humans, and karma plays an important role in this.
Will it be a full game or will it come in instalments? (Player00X)
It will be a full game.
Have you decreased the difficulty of the game and will we be able to play several characters in single player? (PGM74)
We didn't want to disappoint all the Ninja Gaiden fans, so the game is still kind of difficult. Having said that, the concept of the Japanese dark hero means that you can choose the difficulty and the style of gameplay you want to use. So you can play as a hardcore Ninja Gaiden player and fight a lot, or you can focus on the storyline - of course you still have to fight, it's just that in this case the game is a bit easier.
In the single player story mode, you can only play as Ryu because he is the main character and the game focuses on the problems he faces with karma and killing people, and this is very important to the story.
There will also be online multiplayer with versus and co-op modes and in those you can choose from more characters, as well as playing around with lots of customisation options.
What will be the main contribution of using PlayStation Move motion controller in the game as opposed to the wireless controller? (Darkjedi2048)
The game can be played with PlayStation Move as well as the wireless controller. While hardcore Ninja Gaiden fans will have fun with the wireless controller, the casual player will have the opportunity to use PS Move to do the full action movements and have fun in another way.
Why did you choose to set the game in London? (Bearskopff)
Ryu's number one rival in the game is the Alchemist and when we thought about what would be the typical place for this character to come from, we came up with London. Bear in mind though that this is just the beginning...
Will fans be able to come up with our own trophy for the game? Also, I'd like to know what Ryu screams at the end of Ninja Gaiden Sigma when he fights the Vigoorian Empire in its final form. (Blackxino)
We are always interested in hearing from the fans and receiving feedback; we'd definitely like to hear any good ideas for trophies. Right now the game is still in progress, so if there's a chance to have a beta we'd like to get those ideas.
As for what Ryu says at the end of Ninja Gaiden Sigma, he is using some words that are from the old tradition of Japan and are used to get rid of demons. Those words are also used now for example in temples and shrines.
Will there be a Ninja Gaiden game on PlayStation Vita? (chrisdenimes)
We've received a PlayStation Vita system and are thinking about it. Having said that, right now we're focused on Ninja Gaiden 3 for PS3, and after that's complete we'll start to look at ideas such as bringing out Ninja Gaiden on PS Vita because of course we'd like to expand the series.
Thank you to Hayashi-san for taking the time out from his busy schedules to answer your questions. Head over to PlayStation.Blog at blog.eu.playstationcom to read an in-depth interview with Hayashi on the game, and look out for more details on Ninja Gaiden 3 on eu.playstation.com ahead of the game's release in 2012.