Ninja Gaiden 2 screenshot
Ninja Gaiden 2 screenshot

1UP reports that Tecmo's Team Ninja could be on the verge of collapse with as many as three dozen key members ready to walk out.

The resignation of Team Ninja head Tomonobu Itagaki was a blow to Tecmo, the developer quickly assuring fans that the Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive franchises would continue. However, the rumoured mass walkout would pose a much greater problem.

1UP also reports that the departing Team Ninja members will be serving Tecmo with a class-action lawsuit regarding unpaid bonuses for completed games.

Tecmo maintains the ownership of the Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive IPs, but without the creative talent that made them what they are the future of each franchise looks uncertain.

Would you buy a new game in the Ninja Gaiden or Dead or Alive series knowing that much of the creative force that created the IPs were not involved? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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Lyca's Avatar


It boils down to your effects - which most gamers either don’t have or really shouldn’t have to worry about when it comes to buying a game... I just hope the Team Ninja members win their lawsuit as this would send the right message to all other developers and every other company who thinks its ok to take away company bonus whilst they brag about yearly profits.
Posted 10:44 on 17 June 2008
Bloodstorm's Avatar


As a Ninja Gaiden fan i would buy another one in the franchise only because it's not the original creators that are making it. The series has went in a different direction for the better BUT i absolutely HATE DOA so no, i wont be buying any of them.
Posted 13:14 on 16 June 2008

Game Stats

Release Date: 12/05/2004
Developer: Team Ninja
Publisher: Tecmo
Genre: Action
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 16+
Site Rank: 17,062 13916
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