Team Ninja might be bringing Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty to Xbox Game Pass, but the studio’s other titles might not be making the same moves.
Team Ninja has recently revealed that it there isn’t much of a possibility of the Nioh games appearing on Xbox anytime soon. The first Nioh title launched back in 2017, and both it and the 2020 follow-up title are praised as some great action RPGs. Taking clear inspiration from the Soulsborne series, Nioh combines fast-paced combat with heaps of interesting Japanese mythology and history, as well as a nod to the real-life historical figure William Adams, who became one of the only Western samurai.
Both Nioh games were well-received Soulslikes, but unfortunately for Xbox owners, the titles were only made available on PlayStation and PC. However, for those that want a classic Team Ninja experience on the Xbox, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty might be able to provide that. Announced as one of two games Team Ninja is working on currently, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty was revealed at the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase this past June. Like the Nioh games, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty has quick combat and is filled with interesting mythological creatures and themes.
Unlike the Nioh games, though, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is set to release on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. It will even be a day one release for Xbox Game Pass when it launches in early 2023. Speaking to Nioh Director Fumihiko Yasuda and Bloodborne Producer Masaaki Yamagiwa, who are both working on Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, VGC asked about the possibility of some other Team Ninja titles coming to Xbox. However, it seems highly unlikely that Nioh will come to Xbox, as Yasuda stated that “there’s not really too much of a possibility of having Nioh on Xbox platforms.”
This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, as even while both Yasuda and Yamagiwa praised how Xbox has been doing in Japan lately, it seems the current priority is on Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty and Team Ninja’s other upcoming title Rise of the Ronin. Still, with Xbox showing an increased focus on the Japanese gaming market and the Xbox Series S outselling the PS5 in Japan in May, it seems that down the line there could be a possibility for either Nioh or even the Ninja Gaiden games to make their way to Microsoft platforms.
Even with Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty coming to Xbox, this may not indicate that all of Team Ninja’s future titles will be available on the platform. Rise of the Ronin is a Sony exclusive, for example, showing that perhaps Team Ninja isn’t quite ready to depart from its previous pattern of PlayStation exclusivity.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty will be released in early 2023 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
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