At the Tokyo Game Show, Team Ninja announced that Sony’s handheld would be getting Ninja Gaiden Sigma. Since the announcement, details have been few and far between aside from the game’s expected 2012 release time frame. Fortunately, the developer has recently come forward with additional information that is sure to please fans of the franchise.
In an interview with VG247, Tecmo Koei localization head Peter Garza discussed plans to incorporate new gameplay features in the upcoming PlayStation Vita title. Their future major console release Ninja Gaiden 3 will have two modes: Hero and Ninja, which are designed to cater toward two very different play styles. Hero mode will allow casual gamers to enjoy the experience without the frustration that comes from the game’s notorious difficulty. Team Ninja is planning on adding this feature to the Vita title as well.
One thing I can tell you is that we’re looking at putting in the playstyle selection that we’re doing for Ninja Gaiden 3, the Hero and Ninja playstyle. Bringing that to the PlayStation Vita version of Ninja Gaiden Sigma as well, so again, for people who are new to the series or maybe not used to it on a handheld, we think that’ll be a good point of entry for them.
With regards to further innovation that may take advantage of the Vita’s unique feature set and control options, Garza remained tight-lipped. He did offer some additional information, be it a bit ambiguous.
It’s a really interesting time for developers because it’s just pure ideas and games and, ‘what if we do that and what if we do that? Well we can do that, but oh we can do this and oh what about that?’
And just sort of iterating on different ideas and different control schemes. So we definitely have ideas for what to put into Sigma for Vita. But we’re still testing whatever those are actually fun and how we can make it even more fun and things like that.