Game developer FromSoftware recently explained the reason why they are not creating a new Tenchu game and instead created Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
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FromSoftware communication manager Yasuhiro Kitao clarified with a publication in an exclusive interview whether or not that the game was inspired by the old classic ninja franchise. He confirmed that it was so, but then things changed gradually into a different Shinobi game.
When we decided to create a game set in Japan, with the shinobi as a motif, we did think about Tenchu, and that was the initial impetus for this game. Yet, in time, it gradually evolved and changed in various ways. It became simply a Shinobi game set in Japan that FromSoftware and Miyazaki-san want to create right now. That’s what you see here.
Might become a pale imitation
Kitao stated that if they created another Tenchu game, it would feel like it was just an imitation of the past titles. They did not want that to happen.
We feel that Tenchu is a very interesting series with its own quirks and personality. We think that if we were simply to create another Tenchu, it would feel like an imitation of past games. So we thought about what we wanted to this time, and if we wanted to make Tenchu or not, and the answer was simply that we wanted to do a cool Shinobi game.
The game will launch on March 22. It will be available on the PlayStation 4.