Ninja Gaiden 2 Confirmed as 360 Exclusive; Lost Odyssey Dated for Japan, Delayed Elsewhere

By Carlos Bergfeld, Sep 12, 2007 1:55am PDT The true sequel to Team NINJA's Ninja Gaiden reinvention on Xbox will also be an Xbox 360 exclusive, Team NINJA's iconic game designer Tomonobu Itagaki said today in Tokyo. Itagaki took the stage at Microsoft's pre-Tokyo Game Show press briefing to make the announcement, confirming the release of Ninja Gaiden 2 on Microsoft's platform in 2008.

Mistwalker's Hironobu Sakaguchi of Final Fantasy fame and fan-fiction also took the stage at the engagement, giving his studio's Xbox 360 exclusive RPG Lost Odyssey a release date of December 6 for Japan, but revealing other territories won't see the game until 2008--a delay from the originally stated winter 2007 release. Sakaguchi also priced the game for some reason, surprising no one with a standard $59.99 price point in the U.S. and comparable prices worldwide.

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Ninja Gaiden 2's announcement was leaked earlier today by a Japanese Xbox.com website for the game that was quickly taken down, but not before screenshots and the 2008 release were seen by the Internet at large.

The game will feature an entirely new engine and have a "finishing blows" system for fatality-like mortal wounding, which can be seen in the blood-soaked screenshots. An automatic health regeneration system with "semi-permanent damage restored at save points," 30 hours of story-mode gameplay, and both land- and water-based fighting will also be part of Ryu Hayabusa's tale of vengeance.

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