With Tecmo's Team Ninja head Tomonobu Itagaki having left to start his own studio, the future of the publisher's Ninja Gaiden series is uncertain.
Any new title in the series will be the first all-new Ninja Gaiden not to have been created by Itagaki and will therefore come under much scrutiny from fans.
It's perhaps for this reason then that Tecmo Koei plans to take its time over the series' next instalment.
"Ninja Gaiden is such a beloved and important franchise for us and fans expect such great things from the next instalment that we need to indulge in a little nurturing," Tecmo Koei senior managing director Yoshiki Sugiyama told CVG.
"If and when we talk about a new Ninja Gaiden, it will be spectacular."
We can't wait.