MASANORI KUWASASHI INTERVIEW
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Tenchu is now a legendary game, helping define the stealth-based action genre. But there are lots of stealth-based games out there now – what will Tenchu: Fatal Shadows bring to the table in order to retain its crown?
K2 overtook the development of Tenchu Series from Tenchu 3. The biggest challenge for us while we developed Tenchu 3 PS2 and Xbox was strengthen Tenchu by adding the new playabilities without spoiling the pre-existing advantage of Tenchu.
Whilst in Tenchu: Fatal Shadows, we focused on evaluating the new playabilities we added in last 2 series and improving the basic features through the all Tenchu series. In particular we focused on improving the map and mission for the players to play the game repeatedly and the reinforcement of the Stealth Kills.
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How has the technology behind the game improved over previous versions?
We raised the disposal capacity by using the controlling system for the lithography and defragging the capacity of the graphic data and the game can shows larger numbers of the enemies than Tenchu 3. We re-evaluated the basic system of the AI for the enemies and they become more flagitious and sly. We also revised the normal battle system when the enemies are aware of the player and attack to player.
Ninjas, as everyone knows, are just about the coolest thing on two legs. This time we have two nimble ninjas to control. Who are they and, what’s their story?
The reason why Tenchu: Fatal Shadows doesn’t star “Rikimaru”, the hero from Tenchu 3 but girls Ninja, we want to have Ayame the heroine from Tenchu 3as one of the heroine of Fatal Shadows to broaden the world of Tenchu which have been established with the past titles. Not only using Ayame as a heroine, we want to have another heroine who can provide the different aspects and brand new heroine “Rin” appears in Fatal Shadow. The reason why we choose female as a new character is that we already created male hero called “Tesshu”. We create female heroine to bring new aspect to the world of Tenchu. However, the features of Tesshu as an “assassin”, which the users praised very much, were inherited in Rin. We don’t think we should explain Ayame. Rin, the brand new heroine is female ninja like Ayame. However, she looses all of her relatives in an incident and works as hired assassin. Rin meets Ayame in that incident as enemy but they built trusting relationship along with the story proceeds.
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Moreover, Ayame uses the traditional Ninja items mainly from the past series and new items added from Fatal Shadow. On the other hands, Rin can use the item to defeat the enemies as well as the useful item for the stealth as she has the feature of the assassin. Please use them effectively.
Seeing as there’s two of them, will we be seeing cooperative and/or competitive multiplayer gameplay?
We pass on to include the multiplayer gameplay this time. Instead we focus on adding the bonus features to enrich the replay value.
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Sum up, in one sentence, what you think is the coolest thing about Fatal Shadows.
The coolest part is surely Stealth Kills. To deepen the gameplay we prepare the new “gimmick” to all Stealth Kills. Please look for it.
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What would be the next step for the series do you think? Bring it into contemporary western environment perhaps?
Frankly, it is difficult to say about our next stop. We could reach to locate the game in the western environment but it seems to be difficult to make consistent with the story of the past series.
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