Hertfordshire, 20 March 2012 – It is time to pick up the Dragon Sword once more… TECMO KOEI Europe [i] is getting ready for the official UK release of NINJA GAIDEN 3 on Friday March 23d. Developed by Team NINJA, the innovative new installment in the famed fighting series is now available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system in a standard as well as a value-packed NINJA GAIDEN 3 Collector’s Edition (also available for both consoles).
NINJA GAIDEN 3 takes players behind the mask of the series’ beloved Japanese dark hero, Ryu Hayabusa, with an original story from noted writer Masato Kato that brings new depth to the game’s hardcore fighting and swordsmanship. Built upon the same intense action for which the franchise is renowned, NINJA GAIDEN 3 will challenge seasoned players while still remaining accessible for newer players. Team NINJA’s game delivers a heightened intensity during close combat fighting, including the visceral sensation of cutting through flesh and bone, while featuring all-new online multiplayer modes that introduce a new dimension for the NINJA GAIDEN series.
The launch of NINJA GAIDEN 3 gives action fans their first chance to go behind the mask of the world’s greatest ninja, Ryu Hayabusa and experience Team NINJA’s strong new direction for this legendary franchise. Players will learn what it means to be a dark hero while enjoying an immersive original story, intense new gameplay features, and new modes including online multiplayer combat.
The conflict in NINJA GAIDEN 3 centers around a masked man whose motivations and goals only become clear as players fight through the unfolding story. Through the curse forced upon him by The Regent of the Mask manifested through his arm, Hayabusa finds himself changing—forever blurring the line between hero and villain. For the first time, players will see the world through Hayabusa’s torn eyes, and find out what drives him to fight, defend, and kill.
For the first time in the history of the franchise, online co-op and competitive multiplayer modes add a completely new dimension to the NINJA GAIDEN experience. Players can step into the shadowy world of the ninja and fight against all challengers to draw closer to the ultimate ninja, Ryu Hayabusa, or participate in two-player cooperative play. Up to eight players can battle in versus combat as well, including the ability to form teams for four-on-four matches—with the treacherous possibility of switching teams in the midst of a match. New challenges, characters, and missions await those who choose to join the Shadows of the World online!
The Collector’s Edition gives fans a chance to play all four characters in a DEAD OR ALIVE 5 demo stage, an exclusive NINJA GAIDEN 3 game art book, soundtrack CD, and a unique “Duel of the Masked” figure not available elsewhere. To accompany the release, Team NINJA has also released a new video vignette showcasing the DEAD OR ALIVE 5 demo stage and featuring the four playable fighters in the NINJA GAIDEN 3 Collector’s Edition.
[i] ABOUT TECMO KOEI EUROPE LTD.
TECMO KOEI EUROPE LTD. is a publisher of interactive entertainment software for current generation consoles, handhelds and digital download content based in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, UK. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of TECMO KOEI HOLDINGS CO., LTD., headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. TECMO is best known for the Dead or Alive® and Ninja Gaiden®series. KOEI is best known for its Dynasty Warriors® and Samurai Warriors® franchises. On April 1, 2009, TECMO KOEI HOLDINGS CO., LTD was established as a result of the TECMO, LTD. and KOEI Co., Ltd. merger. More information about TECMO KOEI EUROPE LTD and its products can be found at www.tecmokoei-europe.com.