Ninja Gaiden 4 Release Date, News, and Rumors

So it’s been 7 years since Ninja Gaiden 3 and the expanded and updated version Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge came out.

You’re probably wondering if Ninja Gaiden 4 is ever going to be released. It’s sure about time for a new one right?

Well here is everything we know so far.

When will Ninja Gaiden 4 be released?

Will there even be a Ninja Gaiden 4?

It might happen, but at this rate nowhere in the near future.

We doubt that it will be available on the current gen consoles PS4 or Xbox One and if it does get released it will be on the next gen consoles.

team ninja logo
Logo of Team Ninja

Team Ninja, the division at Koei Tecmo (the Japanese game company behind the Ninja Gaiden series), has been really busy with Dead or Alive and Nioh series.

So busy that they’ve released two sequels for the Dead or Alive series since Ninja Gaiden 3 last came out and Nioh 2 is in the works.

To their (little) credit though they have released a spinoff called Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, but this isn’t the true sequel that fans have been wanting for years.

Yaiba Ninja Gaiden Z
Gameplay from Ninja Gaiden Zzzzzzz 😴

In fact it’s pretty much universally hated.

Even the creative director of Team Ninja, Tom Lee, thought it wasn’t up to par:

"Hayabusa... Zombies... Cel-shaded... just throwing a bunch of different things into that. We don't wanna backpedal on our decisions, but it wasn't the right move, I think."

Tom Lee

Some fans went so far as to say that they just slapped the Ninja Gaiden name on a terrible Hack and slash zombie game to milk it for whatever they could.

Most would agree that a remaster of the last three games would have been a much better thing for Team Ninja to spend to their time on.

All that said, Lee also commented on the possibility of expanding the Ninja Gaiden series:

"Maybe I can say that Nioh is a gateway into the next chapter for Ninja Gaiden. [Ninja Gaiden] is a very important, if not the most important franchise, for us. But at this point I think this franchise needs to be in the shadows for a while until we bring it back. There will be a time, and when the time is right, we will bring it back."

Tom Lee

Big emphasis on the “maybe” and nothing specific on Ninja Gaiden 4.

Take from that what you will.

Ninja Gaiden 4 rumors

So to date there hasn’t been anything official said let alone a release date announced or trailer shown. But, interestingly enough the European division of the company tweeted on January 2, 2019 a pic of Ryu Hayabusa and said that “2019 is going to be a banger for games! Here at the Koei Tecmo Family we might just have a few surprises for you too!”

Ninja Gaiden 4 Tweet

Was this is a hint that Ninja Gaiden 4 is coming?

Probably not, on account of the facepalm that followed when asked specifically about Ninja Gaiden 4…

Ninja Gaiden 4 Tweet Response

Ouch.

Anyway if something comes up we will be the first to keep you updated so stick around.

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Dan Alder
Dan Alder
Dan's logged far too many hours in CS 1.6 and reminisces about LAN parties back in the good ol' days. He's also an engineer that's interested in anything to do with tech.

10 Responses

  1. Could you imagine Ninja Gaiden 4 being a launch title for the next gen console. It would be huge. Commen sense is also hard to come by. I’ve found an Atari in the dumpster when I a little boy and have been hooked ever since. Great games like Ninja Gaiden are a win win. What game can kick butt swinging nunchucks around after you’ve wall crawled. Put the petal to metal and get on with it. We love it, want it, and are willing to pay for it. What else do you need???

  2. I want remastered versions of the first 3 games before NG4 as they are that good and are better than any of the other Team Ninja games.

  3. Yep me too I’ve waiting for that I played the 1 and 3 and finish it. So I wouldn’t love to have the ninja Gaiden 4 pls do it its one of my favorite games of all time I cannot wait for I hope it’s not gonna take pls make it happen!?….thanks:)

  4. It would be nice to get a remaster of the ninja gaiden trilogy of the first 3ninja gaiden games on the ps4 or ps5

  5. Goddamn it Tecmo! You keep letting us down! Man! JUST CREATE THE NEXT DAMN GAME ALREADY! We’re tired of waiting for this game, IT’S EITHER YOU DO YOUR JOB OR YOUR FANS WILL DO IT THEMSELVES SINCE YOU GUYS ARE TO DENSE TO TAKE A HINT. JUST CREATE THE GAME ALREADY! I have been, WE HAVE BEEN waiting 7 years for some sort of announcement, and throughout all those years, NOTHING! You have let all of us down, you’re lucky that their are people still playing, and you know why that is? BECAUSE WE HAVE HOPE THAT YOU MORONS ARE GONNA KEEP THE FRANCHISE GOING. But here we are, here I am. Just do it man! Please, We don’t want to wait anymore, don’t let us down again. I hope this inspires you or at least gets you motivated enough. If this gets you angry, that’s all a part of my plan.

  6. I’ve been waiting for years – as we all have – to hear something about the return of Ryu. I loved the first 2 on Xbox (NG and NG Black). Loved NG2 even more, was let down by NG3 and Razor’s Edge and was appalled by Yaiba Z.
    Even if we wait longer for the 4th chaper, I’d love a remake of NG/NG Black and NG2. Re-releasing them with the modern technology would be epic! I’ve played them all on my One and, whereas I love the graphics and everything, playing them with the graphics of today’s consoles would speak for itself!

  7. im realy dying for a new ninja gaiden im sick of this nioh game nioh is a joke next to ryukenden please team ninja I beg you I realy want ninja gaiden 4 lol

  8. Yo soy fantico a la saga ninja gaiden no en la original serie porque esa nunca lo jugue pero de en verdad lo unico que puedo decir es que me gusta mucho este juego es de los mejores juegos de hack and slash. Yo tengo la esperanza de que si haiga un ninja gaiden 4.

    Espero que si salga el ninja gaiden 4 a veces me pregunto yo como otros juegos pueden tener mas y ninja gaiden solamente tiene 3 osea no ha sido explotado tanto le falta explotar mas este juego.

    Desde que se fue itagaki de team ninja cambio bastante este juego pero yo tambien tengo la ilusion de que algun dia itagaki va a regresar.

  9. The face palm could be a troll also, but I’m sure Ninja gaiden 4 will be released on the latest 2020-2021. It’s time man ! When ninja gaiden 3 was released I was in 5th grades and right now I’m graduated !!! I miss ryu man, it’s been years … technology is more evolved ave gaming has developed, trust me it’s the perfect time to release Ninja gaiden 4

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