Team NINJA announces two new games for PS Vita

12:16 PM, Dec 6, 2012   |    comments
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  • 'Dead or Alive 5 Plus' for PlayStation Vita.
  • 'Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus' for PlayStation Vita.

Video game developer Team NINJA has revealed that the company is currently working on two new titles for PlayStation Vita.

First off, Team NINJA's long-standing fighting game franchise, Dead or Alive will be making its PS Vita debut with Dead or Alive 5 Plus (working title).  The upcoming fighting game brings the signature fighting style of the popular DOA series to PS Vita with all-new system-specific features complementing the system's OLED graphics and new martial arts techniques of the recent console release. 

Building on the DOA series' signature fighting style, Dead or Alive 5 Plus brings the spectacular graphics and new martial arts techniques of the recent console release to the PS Vita with all-new system-specific features.  Players will take on the roles of the cast of DOA  fighters in an intense, action-packed brawler set in visually striking locations from around the world, with each stage featuring backdrops that change and interact with players.  With a sensual yet realistic style, characters are rendered in incredibly lifelike detail.  New touch controls bring a completely new experience to fighting games.  Simple taps, swipes, and pinches on your opponent trigger a variety of devastating moves.  Using the Vita's motion sensor, you can even play vertically for a first-person, full-screen view of your opponent.  Both novice and expert players will also find even more ways to up their game with new training-focused modes and a new display of advanced frame data that reveals twice the amount of information for each move compared to previous versions.

The second announced title from Team NINJA is Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus, which is the sequel to the PS Vita launch title Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus.

This game brings the ninja adventure to PS Vita with new graphics, new modes, and plenty of blood.  In the game, Ryu Hayabusa, the iconic super ninja of the Ninja Gaiden franchise, returns to the Sigma series to prevent the resurrection of the evil Archfiend by hunting down the Demon Statue stolen by the wicked Black Spider Ninja Clan.  Players will battle from Tokyo to New York as Ryu encounters vicious enemies and acquires an extensive assortment of ninja weaponry along the way.  The action lights up the Vita's impressive OLED screen with graphical quality exceeding the original Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus.  An intuitive control system uses the front and rear touch screens and motion controls of the PS Vita, and new players will appreciate the inclusion of Hero Mode, which automatically boosts their attacks when their health is low.  New modes include "Ninja Race," where players compete with enemies at breakneck speed to reach the end goal, and "Tag Mission," in which players can switch between two ninjas in real-time while defending the AI-controlled partner.

"Dead or Alive 5 Plus and Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus both bring the art of combat alive with graphics that rival any console game alongside tight controls designed to fully harness the power of the PS Vita," said Yosuke Hayashi, Team NINJA leader.  "Whether unleashing martial arts moves or striking down enemies as a deadly ninja, players will discover that handheld gaming has never looked-or played-better."

Team NINJA will release more information on both titles in the coming weeks/months, but has revealed that the games are due to ship in early 2013 and will be published by Tecmo KOEI.


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