Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z creator Keiji Inafune has his own ideas of what makes zombies fun, dramatic or terrifying, and he’s explained how the game’s brand of undead shufflers will work in the slasher. He’s also name-dropped The Walking Dead as a way of doing dramatic zombies right.
Speaking with Siliconera, Inafune – who also created Dead Rising – discussed how he came up with the rules for the game’s zombies.
“I feel there are two sides that make zombies interesting when it comes to movies and games,” he began. “There is a drama aspect like you would see in The Walking Dead, which has elements of tension and fear, but there is also humor and that’s what makes working with zombies a fun theme.
“Personally, I like the humor aspect, which is why both of those games have humor in them. I love zombies and I have my own rules for what zombies can and cannot do. Zombies can’t run. They aren’t intelligent, and so forth. For this game, those rules don’t apply.
“The zombies that appear in Yaiba are different from other zombies,” he added, an referenced one scene that sees zombies warning each other about an oncoming truck.
He added, “We loosened the mould of what zombies can and cannot do. That leaves a lot of freedom for us, Team Ninja, and Spark to input lots of ideas. Certainly, there will be humorous ideas that come from that. I hope you look forward to different kinds of humor in this game. ”
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z certainly looks funny if this trailer is anything to go by. Its brand of intelligent, fast and deadly zombies should fit nicely with the game’s hack-and-slash mentality.
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