Epic Games Inc. and Tecmo Koei Games this week said Team Ninja will utilize the Unreal Engine 3 to develop Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, a new title in the Ninja Gaiden franchise.

Team Ninja, a development team at Tecmo Koei Games is developing the title in collaboration with Keiji Inafune, found of comcept and developer Spark Unlimited.

“Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is not a sequel. It is a new experience for gamers,” said Yosuke Hayashi, studio head of Team NINJA.

“As with any new title, there are many new challenges, from the game design to art style and even development team structure. Unreal Engine 3 is a great ally to have when taking on those challenges. Unreal Engine allows us to quickly and efficiently iterate on countless ideas, and ‘Yaiba’ is now taking on a life of its own. We can’t wait until gamers everywhere get their hands on the ultimate ninja zombie experience.”

Tecmo Koei Inc. will release Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge to Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 Apr. 2.

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