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Ubisoft: Tenchu 4 Emerges From The Shadows In "Early 2009"

Stealth fans became intimately acquainted with the art of ninja assassination back in the PS1 days with Tenchu: Stealth Assassins. Many claim it was worthy competition for the gameplay found in Metal Gear Solid (although not in terms of story, of course), but sadly, the series slid backwards in the PS2 generation. Wherefore art thou, o Tenchu? The Tenchu we once new and loved?

Ubisoft has the answer: it's coming, and it's coming sooner than you may think. According to Joystiq, the publisher has announced that Tenchu 4 will arrive in North America and Europe in "early 2009," and that ought to satisfy all you stealth fans out there. They will provide us with two playable characters, both of whom can "fight, dash, jump and kill like a true ninja." Ubisoft takes it even a step further by exhibiting a good bit of confidence: "Tenchu 4 will come to a North American and European audience where it will be well-received by both fans of the series as well as Wii owners who have been looking for an edgy and exciting game." Yeah, the Wii version will probably boast motion-sensing, but that's hardly any surprise. We just can't wait to hear more about this one, although we get the sneaking suspicion (pun intended) that Ubisoft may have overhauled the franchise to cater more to the twitch-gamer, action-oriented crowd. In other words, we're worried the stealth aspect may be significantly downplayed...

Remember, MGS4 wasn't anywhere near as stealthy as previous installments, and while that wasn't a bad thing, it also had one of the best storylines in history backing it up. We doubt Tenchu 4 will have that level of polish and professional presentation, so we had better hope they deliver on the gameplay. Our expectations are high.

9/23/2008 John Shepard

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Comments (10 posts)

SpinningBeat
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 11:59:52 PM
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Hopefully theyll fix the godawful camera from the other games. I actually liked the games though despite this. Heh and anyways we always need more ninja games.

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BeezleDrop
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 12:13:57 AM
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The Tenchu games were always a blast. Well some, they had better have Rikimaru is this one. The first Tenchu was a good game.

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ThePoetRazel
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 2:53:34 AM
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"like a true ninja.".
I wonder if that means they consulted Masaaki Hatsumi, or is this just a boastful claim.
Hope this one's better than the PS2 outings.

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www
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 2:58:07 AM
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Someone give Tenchu the revival pill so it gets back on it's feet n outwit Ninja Gaiden n wat happened to "The Way of the Samurai"

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dillonthebunny
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 9:17:36 AM
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Way of the Samurai was brilliant.. lol, you mean the cowboy one or WotS2?

i love Tenchu, such a shame the psp ver wasnt any good, i was pretty p*ssed off about that.

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KingRed
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 @ 11:42:31 PM
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This Makes Happy!! And I Was Jus Thinkig About Tenhu The Other Day. Man I LOVE This Site. Best News I Heard In A While. Thanks John

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Orvisman
Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 1:59:16 PM
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Guys, don't get too excited. I know this is coming out on the Wii, but nowhere in this article does it state Tenchu will be coming out for the PS3. Furthermore, I can't find any mention of the PS3 and Tenchu anywhere on the Web except this story. I wish it were coming to the PS3, but I'll have to pick this up for the Wii (along with Monster Hunter 3 Tri).

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Minishmaru
Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 5:03:55 PM
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I loved all the ones from the PSOne to the PS2...the later ones did however suffer. Example being that one that starred the female ninja instead of Rikimaru and I dunno if Tenchu...Z? If that was even any good

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bamf
Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 5:58:27 PM
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I think it failed on the PS2 because of the gameplay stayed the same. It was very much like the same game that was given a face lift on PS2. For Tenchu 4, you can just tell it will be like the other Tenchu's, with exact gameplay, controls and problems, with added hd gfx, that probably won't score above a 7 for visuals. I suppose thats not a bad thing if you're really into the franchise. I personally want it to be different.

It doesn't state that its scheduled for Japan? I would imagine this sort of game that included Ninja's would do well over there?

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cegmp
Friday, September 26, 2008 @ 12:11:49 AM
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I loved the tenchu series. And I'm looking forward for this one as well.

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