Team Ninja studio lead Yosuke Hayashi has now confirmed that the studio is indeed working on a new Ninja Gaiden.

CVG report that Hayashi confirmed the long assumed news during a video feature speaking with Comcept founder Keiji Inafune.

The studio lead assured fans that the main Team Ninja studio is “thinking of the next Ninja Gaiden.”

Discussing concerns over the less “hardcore” Yaiba, Hayashi assured that Ninja Gaiden would be a return to the series more challenging roots.

“If the games were food, the Ninja Gaiden series would be a rich meaty entree and Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z would be desert,” he explained.

“Every course of the meal would be in the same Ninja Gaiden world, but gamers will experience different kinds of play. That’s how Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will be different.”