Team Ninja Clarifies Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive Reboot Rumors

A recent update from Team Ninja has walked back rumors surrounding an upcoming reboot of Dead or Alive from the recent Korean G-Star trade show. Team Ninja's panel during G-Star sparked rumors of a major reboot coming from the developer, thanks to a slide entitled "Reboots of Popular Series" during the presentation. Both the fighting game and the studio's titular Ninja Gaiden were teased during the show with fans speculating that a reboot of the games were in development. However, Team Ninja has since looked to quell the swirling rumors surrounding the panel.

Both franchises serve as some of Team Ninja's most popular IPs with each series having a storied history. Team Ninja formed alongside the development of the first Dead or Alive, released in 1996, and has developed every game in the franchise with the most recent coming in 2019's Dead or Alive 6. The development team first worked on Ninja Gaiden with the franchise's 3D reboot in 2004 and went on to create the highly successful trilogy alongside several spinoffs. Now, Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden reboots may not be as guaranteed as fans thought.

In a recent statement to gaming publication VGC, Team Ninja clarified the statements made by Team Ninja president Fumihiko Yasuda. While the studio is reportedly considering remakes or reboots in the Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive franchises, the developer has no hard-set details to share about the games. While Team Ninja denied any specific details at the moment, the studio did not fully rule out the possibility of a remake, stating it "shares the enthusiasm" for the return of the franchises.

A reboot or remake in the Ninja Gaiden franchise would be a long-awaited return for a franchise that has fallen mostly dormant for several years. While Dead or Alive received its newest entry in 2019, the wait has been much longer for Ninja Gaiden fans with the last main-series entry coming with 2012's Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge. However, the 3D Ninja Gaiden trilogy was recently brought to modern platforms with the release of the Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection last year.

While Team Ninja may have temporarily quashed rumors surrounding the potential reboots, the developer has given fans plenty of reasons to be excited about its other franchises. Nioh has seen significant success for Team Ninja as a PlayStation-exclusive with 2020's Nioh 2 nominated for Best Action Game at The Game Awards. The developer also has a brand-new IP launching next year with Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty coming as a Souls-like set in China's Three Kingdoms period. While Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive reboots are unconfirmed, the return of these franchises would certainly excite many of Team Ninja's passionate fans.

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Seriously hate it when there are "Rumors" ffs


Man I forgot about these games


At least they'll have some of the other franchises return but a reboot would definitely be better

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