UPDATE: We just got word from Tecmo confirming that Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is exclusively heading for the PlayStation 3. -Arnold
Last week, we told you that Tecmo might be preparing to unveil a new PlayStation 3 exclusive title on March 24 in a PlayStation Store in San Francisco. Speculation and debate is always fun, but now, it appears we're zeroing in on an answer…
As you can see by this magazine scan , it appears that a Japanese publication (Famitsu? Dengeki?) has confirmed that Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is in the works for the PS3. Essentially, this is going to be an updated version of Ninja Gaiden II – recently released for the Xbox 360 – and it's slated to release in fall 2009. PS3 owners will get the added benefits of a new weapon (a spiked hammer called the "Genma"), new boss battles and a new playable character…the busty, purple-haired female ninja who had a small role in the original NG: Ayane. This could very well be the game that Tecmo is going to reveal next week, although it's not necessarily a "PS3 exclusive." Yes, Sigma 2 would be exclusive, as the original Sigma was, but both are merely remakes/upgrades of existing titles on Microsoft consoles. We're not complaining; merely clarifying. Ninja Gaiden actually went through a couple of upgrades after exploding onto the original Xbox, as we then got Ninja Gaiden: Black for the same system, and later, Ninja Gaiden Sigma for the PS3. Therefore, Sigma 2 is hardly out of the realm of possibility.
Let's not forget about Tecmo's true PS3 exclusive, which is the third-person action shooter, Quantum Theory . We have high hopes for that one as well, and we can pretty much guarantee that Sigma 2 , if and when it arrives, will certainly be the best version of NGII available.