Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection Producer Explains Why Online Multiplayer Is Not Included

Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection launches on Xbox this June, but it'll be missing one key feature that has got a lot of fans disappointed - online multiplayer. The game's producer has now weighed in on why this is the case.

Speaking to ComicBook, Fumihiko Yasuda was asked what specific content for the game had been cut, after the announcement that it would contain "most of the previously released game modes and DLC costumes". Yasuda confirmed that online is not included, as it would "place limitations on the platforms" the game could release on.

"Online multiplayer is not included. Specifically, the online co-op portion of the Tag Missions in NINJA GAIDEN Sigma 2, and all of the Clan Battles in Shadows of the World in NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor's Edge. Also, online multiplayer in Ninja Trials is not included.

In order to perfectly replicate the online system used from the past, not only would it require a great deal of time and money, it would also place limitations on the platforms we could release it on. And given that dilemma we decided to increase the number of platforms we would release the collection on in order to reach as many players as possible rather than pursue the multiplayer feature. Nevertheless, a ranking system for competitive scoring has been implemented, and of course our signature Ninja Gaiden action can still be enjoyed to the fullest in classic single player mode."

It's a shame that the modes can't be implemented, as a lot of fans have been clamouring to revisit them. It was also previously revealed that the Sigma versions of the Ninja Gaiden games are being included as "only fragments" remain of the other titles. Nevertheless, we're sure fans are going to be ready to dive back into the action packed series this June.

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