Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen to Assassinate Enemies on PS Vita

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Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen to Assassinate Enemies on PS Vita

Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen for PS Vita

If you’re like me, then you’ve already whipped out your fat red marker and circled February 22nd, 2012 on your calendar the minute our friends at Sony Computer Entertainment announced the launch date of the PS Vita in North America. Last week we were able to reveal the name of Touch My Katamari, which will be hitting on launch day. Today, we’re back with more on another launch title from Namco Bandai.

While they still won’t let ME have a PS Vita yet, I do know at least one other person that does have one. That would be Mr. Kazuhiro Watanabe at famed studio Acquire in Japan. Known around the world for being among the best developers in the stealth action genre with their work on the Tenchu series, Mr. Watanabe’s team has been working non-stop on a PS Vita title that will be slicing the life out of enemies before they can even see what’s coming.

Previously teased during Tokyo Game Show under the subtitle “Tales of the Ninja,” the team has finalized the name of their upcoming assassin adventure, and has just revealed their brand-spanking new logo for Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen. We here at Namco Bandai Games had a chance to catch up with Mr. Watanabe himself for a quick rundown of what the game is all about, and you can read it here first.

Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen for PS Vita

Questions for Mr. Watanabe

Fans of your work are very familiar the Shinobido games, but for those new to the series, what can you tell us about them?

Shinobido is an assassin-based stealth action game set against the backdrop of a war-torn land, where three opposing territorial forces fight for control. The player must choose which of these forces to support by taking on various missions. Depending on the player’s choices, the game’s “Harakiri Engine” will allow for a variety of outcomes and constantly changing missions. The player could choose to focus solely on one territorial force for a swift route through the game, but if he takes on missions from all three forces equally, it will prolong the story and allow for the character to develop further. This open-ended storyline, combined with a sandbox world to explore, various ninja tools and even alchemy, help to create a rich and diverse experience for any aspiring assassin.

We noticed that the new subtitle is ‘Revenge of Zen.’ What can you tell us about this ‘Zen’ character anyway? Will we be dead by the time we see him?

Our main character and hero, Zen, is fueled by revenge after his village is burned to the ground, and his beloved murdered before his eyes. He is steadfastly devoted to his missions, and does not kill without good reason. Dare to betray him, however, and he’ll kill you quickly and silently, so don’t bet on “seeing” him. Ha ha.

We’ve heard that the gameplay experience is much less about being a ninja, and more about being an assassin. Can you elaborate on what that means for players?

The element of “assassination” is not necessarily more important than any other part of the game. However, assassination missions will occur often as the three opposing territorial forces fight and attempt to weaken the other. Other missions include robbing the enemy’s provisions, kidnapping or protecting people of importance, and others.

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What can players expect to see with this game on PlayStation Vita that won’t be seen on any other platform?

In addition to the two analog sticks and buttons, touch panel controls add a comfortable and intuitive feeling to gameplay. One important touch control feature is the Caution Icon, which helps you lock onto an enemy before being spotted. In addition, the Vita’s “near” function will be a special feature and we’ll have more details on how it will work very soon!

We’ve heard that the dead bodies of the assassinated enemies play a key role in the gamplay of Shinobido. Can you tell us more about how this will work?

When the enemy spots a dead body while scouting the area, they’ll become much more cautious. In some cases, they may even ring an alarm bell to call more enemies to them. Thus, it’s important to hide your slain victim from sight to complete missions more easily.

Lastly, do you have any advice for aspiring assassins getting ready to slice and dice their enemies this February?

Though the game contains some complex controls, if you just follow the tutorials and upgrade your character’s skills, you’ll soon be able to complete missions with ease. “Zankoku (Bullet-time)” delivers devastating slashes to the enemy in a flash. And where players could previously only jump or use the trusty Grapple Hook to get around, “Fukurou” now makes it possible for players to fly, which adds a whole new dimension of exploration. We can’t wait for everyone to try it out!

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  • This game is the reason I am buying a Vita. I am a big fan of Acquire. It’s too bad there are no stealth ninja games like Shinobido or Tenchu on PS3. It’s nice to see the Vita filling that void.

    • "Filthie" Rich Bantegui

      I’m glad to hear that your excited – I think all fans want to hear the details – so ill make sure to keep everyone posted!

  • Also, much thanks to Namco Bandai for bringing this game to the US. It’s a shame the first game on PS2 never made it over here. I ended up importing the game and it was amazing.

  • I’m getting a vita now b/c of this game and Uncharted!

  • Isn’t there an option to choose a male or female character? Could have sworn I saw that a good while ago but I could be wrong. This game does sound interesting. I will most likely have to wait after it’s release tho to even get a PSV, in the process of trying to save it.

    Also, is there going to be a white PSV available at launch? I find that all the colors from the Wi-Fi status, Power Status, ect, much more vibrant when using a white colored system. Therefore I usually go with the white.

  • kinda off topic-hey rich when are you going to talk about tales of graces and nino kuni?i wanna know more about both games that are going to be published by you guys

  • This game looks promising. It probably will be one of the two games I will buy at launch. :) Now for the second one, mhh.

  • OMG it is 2011 and the AI mechanic that ‘alerts’ guards when they discover the body of one of their fellow guards is something that should’ve been coded into ALL games like 5 years ago! I can’t tell you how many single player FPS games get this totally wrong: you kill one guy with a silencer or knife then hide. His friend that he was talking to and smoking a cigarette with two minutes prior discovers his companion is murdered and he’s like “nothing to see or report here….I’m going to act like my buddy isn’t laying on the ground over there in a pool of his own blood.” It’s cool that this game allows you to ‘hide’ the corpse but, come on, this is something that should’ve been programmed into the AI of every game made in the last 5 or 6 years.

  • Add another launch title to my goodie bag among the 6 others.

  • nice game here

  • playstation vita coming out really greats game title hope got nexfilx to

  • First day buy for me! Already have my reserve on it, as well as TWO Playstation Vitas. So my girlfriend and I can play games together ^^ let’s hope the Gamestop near me as a Midnight launch!

    I agree with zech678, netflix support would be awesome! =D I’m sure it’ll come if the Nintendo DS has it.

  • This – Uncharted – Katamari, Dragon Crown (if its a launch title) and MAYBE Ruin are all the games I’m getting RIGHT AWAY ^-^

  • If you can read this Sony, include a memory card in the retail packaging for the PS Vitas for the US/Europe launch in 2012. From what I hear some games are unplayable without them and this will no doubt drive sales down terribly.

  • I loved Tenchu 1&2 on the PlayStation one. This game looks to bring the glory of those titles gameplay back. There is no doubt I will be picking this up on it”s launch date.

  • game looks fun to play..also they should rename “Touch My Katamari” to “Katamari Touch” or something else..because i can see people making fun of the name in the future…or right now. lol

  • add this game to my wanted list for the Vita

  • For a second I believed that Joe Musashi was back!

  • this will be my 3rd launch game.

  • Is this game kinda like Tenchu??? Please someone reply

  • @percast2

    Yes it is very similar to Tenchu in many ways. It is made by the same developer that made Tenchu 1 and 2 on the original PlayStation.

  • I am very happy that the Vita is getting a strong launch with a good variety of games. I’d thinking about a day 1 purchase!

  • This is proboly one of the biggest reasons I want to own a vita. I love tenchu games and I cant wait to get my hands on this. Also I cant believe this is a launch title. Thats just insane.

  • This would make a much better early release bundle game than deviants. How about this game, uncharted, 16 or 32 g.b card, cool case, with wifi only model for 349.99 for 16g.b. 399.99 for 32g.b. I.d work an extra day for that!!!!!!

  • more vids on this and katamari please!!!!

  • The game looks really fun and I am excited for it. But the graphics aren’t great, that’s probably due to it being in alpha or beta stage?

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