Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z brings east and west together for zombie and ninja authenticity

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z developer Spark Unlimited was apparently very passionate about working on the franchise. Spark is working with Keiji Inafune's company Comcept, and met with Ninja Gaiden franchise developer Team Ninja through there.

"But, actually from a different route they actually came up with a concept for a Ninja Gaiden game on their own and presented it to us," Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi told Siliconera. So when Comcept brought Spark in, everyone involved already knew each other. "Now, we met with them and they feel like three parties are one team," Hayashi said.

Bringing a western developer on board, Hayashi believes, will help Yaiba get its zombie content right. "We see ninjas portrayed in Western games, and they aren't real ninjas," Hayashi noted. "There is something off about them. Zombies are a creation of the West. We feel we can bring the authentic ninja-ness and by teaming with Spark, they can bring in the authentic zombie-ness. We can really come together to make a very unique zombie experience."

This article was originally published on Joystiq.