Inafune's Yaiba combines zombies with ninjas and mechs


Comcept officially announced Keiji Inafune's zombie game Yaiba today, though it declined to offer much in the way of detail, as we still have no idea of platforms, release window, or even how the game actually works.

According to creator Keiji Inafune, it's inspired in part by fan feedback. "There are so many zombie games out there, yet people ask me for a new Inafune zombie game. I am grateful for people's respect for me as the 'zombie game creator' and to fulfill that I must answer their expectations with YAIBA."

Those expectations are being fulfilled with a concept of "zombies with action, ninjas and mechs." Get an idea of Comcept's concept in this stylish (but bloody) teaser video.
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Legendary Game Designer Keiji Inafune Reveals New Zombie Game Project, YAIBA

OSAKA, JAPAN – 12 SEPTEMBER 2012 – comcept, the game development studio founded by legendary producer Keiji Inafune, today announced it has embarked on a brand new game project that borrows from the legacy that Inafune has delivered to millions of fans around the world. The game, code named YAIBA, is under early development and although details are scarce, players can get a first look at the concept in a teaser video released today by comcept.

Best known as the creator of Mega Man, Inafune has produced multiple game series including Onimusha, Dead Rising and Resident Evil. In the past year and a half since he left his position as global head of production at Capcom to embark on a new life as an independent developer, he has worked on many notable projects including three games, three social titles, and three books. But he felt something was missing-something he felt people expected from him the most: a new Inafune zombie game.

"Everywhere I go, people ask me, 'When is it coming?'" Inafune said. "There are so many zombie games out there, yet people ask me for a new Inafune zombie game. I am grateful for people's respect for me as the 'zombie game creator' and to fulfill that I must answer their expectations with YAIBA."

The game concept originated from intense soul searching by Inafune as he sought to create a fresh way to create a novel and unconventional game while still bringing a feeling of nostalgia for games of the past. "I am not at freedom to disclose the details just yet," said Inafune. "But I am confident you will enjoy this new concept consisting of zombies with action, ninjas and mechs."

More details will be revealed as YAIBA moves forward.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.