Itagaki talks new DOA, Ninja Gaiden 2

Team Ninja's Tomonobu Itagaki reveals details on the next Dead or Alive and the future of Ninja Gaiden

Dead or Alive 4 has just punched its way into the UK, and the next-gen beat-'em-up's release on these shores has been quickly followed by revelations from DoA series mastermind Tomonobu Itagaki on Team Ninja's next project in the DoA world.

In an interview with Japanese mag Famitsu, Itagaki has revealed that the studio will next deliver Dead or Alive Xtreme 2, the sequel to the nototious Xbox volleyball game from 2003. Although not blowing off too many beans, Itagaki did admit that the intro and ending to the game are already being worked on and that he wants to make some changes to the original design. A release date for DOAX2 wasn't given, but he did state that it would be out sooner than people are expecting.

Itagaki was also asked about Ninja Gaiden 2, and he explained that there is a lot that he wants to do with the series. He said he made a "complete" fighting game with Dead or Alive 4, and hopes to do the same with the action genre in the future. Itagaki emphasised "interactivity" as a key element for the evolution of the action genre, but sadly wouldn't confirm whether or not a Ninja Gaiden sequel is currently being worked on.

However, if we don't see Ninja Gaiden 2, we'll eat our ninja disguises.