Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a bad guy in the Ninja Gaiden series? (Hint: It’s not pretty)

We first heard about Ninja Gaiden 3 last year at the Tokyo Game Show, but we weren’t given much information other than that A.) it existed, and B.) that it would not be bound by the series’ past. Other than that, we didn’t really know much.

We still don’t know much, but this teaser trailer – released in advance of this week’s Game Developers’ Conference – confirms that we will know more come this year’s E3. Which I think we could have all guessed, right?

It’s a very brief trailer that features erstwhile Ninja Gaiden hero Ryu Hayabusa stabbing the viewer multiple times in the face, accompanied by the series’ ubiquitous showers of blood. Given that the Ninja Gaiden games have a well-deserved reputation for being murderously difficult, feel free to read into this as a metaphor.

This is the very definition of “teaser” – it ends just before Ryu pulls down his mask – but it does a good job at making me want to learn more. I’m not sure why the whole “unmasking Ryu” is supposed to be a big deal, though; didn’t we see him unmasked all the time in Dead or Alive?

(Thanks, Alai!)

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