Ninja Gaiden hero Ryu Hayabusa will have an emotional side in Team Ninja's upcoming Ninja Gaiden 3, the studio's Yosuke Hayashi has revealed to Eurogamer.

In the next game in the series, victims will ask Ryu to spare them, with certain enemies pulling at the player's heartstrings in order to try and stay alive.

"We are keeping the killing style," said Hayashi, "but one of the most important things we want to stress with Ninja Gaiden is 'unmask'. This metaphor of a mask, when he takes his mask off he reveals the human inside, what he feels and the consequences he has to suffer for. When he has the mask on he's a killer, but when he takes the mask off he shows his inner workings."

Ninja Gaiden 3 is due for release in the first quarter of 2012 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Ninja Gaiden Sigma for PlayStation Vita was announced at TGS this week.