The mind behind the legendary figure known as Mega Man has unveiled his latest project, Keiji Inafune has announced he is work on a new zombie project only known as YAIBA.
Inafune was over a year ago the global head of production at Capcom, since leaving the legendary game designer has been hard at work on some new projects. Inafune has not only worked on Mega Man, but Onimusha, Resident Evil and Dead Rising. He has also recently worked on a diverse range of projects, from social titles to books. Even more recently his title Soul Sacrifice was announced to be a PlayStation Vita exclusive, relying on the idea of sacrifice in order to succeed.
The details surrounding YAIBA are very thin, we know it is being worked on by Inafune’s new company Comcept, we know it involves ninja and other bad-ass characters, a lot of sword slashing action and from the teaser a very unique and interesting art style.
To coincide with the YAIBA projects announcement, Inafune released to message to his fans:
Since my departure from my former company in December of 2010, I have been thinking about how to live up to people’s expectations as an independent game creator. What do people expect of me? What do they want to see me do?
A year and a half has passed after becoming independent, and I have been fortunate enough to announce several projects along the way. I have announced three consumer titles and three social game titles. I have given speeches in various seminars, panels, universities and schools. I have published three books. I am still aggressively challenging myself in various arenas.
But I asked myself “Have I covered all everything?” It felt like something is missing; something people expect from me the most.
Everywhere I go, people ask: “Are you working on it?” “ When is it coming?” The expectation seems higher in the west.
The expectation is clear. It’s for my next zombie game. There are countless zombie games out there, and yet, people say they want to see a new Inafune zombie game. I am flattered and grateful, for people associating me as a “Zombie Lover”. For that, I must, answer to this expectation.
This new concept for my game was born some time after becoming independent. I don’t want to spoil everything just yet, but I hope you will enjoy my new game that is loaded with stuff I love, zombies, ninjas, robots, and action. It’s called “YAIBA”. I hope you are excited. I know I am.
What else could we expect from YAIBA? So far the inclusion of ninjs, zombies and robots seems to have us interested. But keep it tuned as we here more information.
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