As regular readers will be aware, SPOnG has been looking forward to the release of Last Ninja for current platforms for some time, being as we are ardent fans of the 8-bit series.
However, we can reveal today that the chances of the game seeing a release are slight at best, with Studio 3 chief Mark Cale making some of the most absurd claims about the state of the code, its future and possible release platform the industry will ever see.
Speaking exclusively to SPOnG, Cale tried to explain why the game still isn't in any serious state for release. "You see, the game looks amazing, better than any ninja game ever made," he bullishly claimed. "Ninja Gaiden simply doesn't compare, Last Ninja is far superior." This seemed strange to us, given that the Itagaki masterwork from Tecmo is widely believed to be one of the best-looking console games of all time.
However, Cale had more to say on the future of Last Ninja, trumping even his own Ninja Gaiden claim: "The game is simply too advanced technically for a release on current systems," he said. "So, we are going to release it on PlayStation 3 instead. This isn't any reflection on any delays, it's just that we want the game to be shown off in all its glory, and current systems simply couldn't handle it."
As you may be aware, the new Last Ninja game has been linked to a string of publishers - including Electronic Arts and Simon and Schuster - and was originally intended to hit retail mid last year. This date was pushed back to autumn and then it simply fell from view.
To date, four screenshots - said to be Xbox code - as well as a piece of (god awful) box art have been seen. There is also, according to the game's rap sheet, a GameCube version underway, though this is now likely to have been replaced with a Nintendo 'Revolution' SKU.
Understand that SPOnG brings this to your attention without any pleasure - we had been longing for a return to glory of Last Ninja, one of the most innovative UK game franchises of all time.