Io deploys Mini Ninjas

Hitman developer preps E10+ action adventure for release on 360, PS3, Wii, DS, PC this fall.

Io Interactive has to date made its bones by creating hyperviolent action adventures involving the likes of killers for hire and escaped cons on a warpath. With its latest effort, the Danish developer is maintaining its cloaked-killer sentiments, but its protagonist of choice will be more concerned with the inner workings of Zen than that of a garrote wire.

Ninjas can, on occasion, be family-friendly.

Today, the Eidos-owned studio announced Mini Ninja, a new intellectual property for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS, and PC. The game is expected to be released this fall.

Io did not provide much by way of gameplay details, but did offer an overview of the game's story. Mini Ninja will follow the travails of Hiro, "the world's smallest hero," who ventures forth to defeat an army of evil samurai and restore harmony to the world. Hiro will have a number of skills at his disposal, as well as access to kuji magic. The tiny ninja will also team up with a number of allies in his bid to defeat the Evil Samurai Warlord.

Tiny ninjas in the wild.

A far cry from the company's hallmark M-for-Mature-rated fare, Mini Ninjas is aimed at the E10+ crowd. However, fans of the studio's more bloodthirsty games need not fret, given that Eidos revealed in 2007 that a follow-up to IO's well-received Hitman: Blood Money is also in the works.

Eidos, which is currently the subject of takeover talks, will team with rumored suitor Warner Bros. Interactive to distribute the game in North America.

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69 comments
king_bobo
king_bobo

LOL - they could be working on Freedom Fighters 2, and instead they're working on this? Hmm... as long as it's well received I'm not bothered, because then they won't go under (which is what seems to be happening to loads of developers at the moment) and they can start working on more M-for-Mature games...

Krazy-K
Krazy-K

This seems like it could bring in a good laugh, so its worth a looking into. Glad to hear that Hitman 5 is still in the works. I can't wait for the trailer or screenshots, that will definitely will get the blood boiling!

DjGootch
DjGootch

I believe the CORRECT term for a small ninja would be "Minja"

Kei_neoblood
Kei_neoblood

I don't care about family games!!!!! I WANT HITMAN 5!!!!!!!

xMADxDOGx
xMADxDOGx

why not mega ninjas? litle ninjas whit a grate hearth whould be so briliant...

Svarthek
Svarthek

Glad to see more original IP's. I hope 2009 is less of a sequel fest, like 2008. The graphics look charming. But I find it funny how many people have judged this game's quality when even GS has admitted they know nothing about the gameplay.

esqueejy
esqueejy

anything with midgets can't be all bad

JBjazzbo
JBjazzbo

sounds a lot like (the fantastic) i-Ninja. could be good... but probably not.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

Looks like Io are committing Hari-kari with this title

GolgoThirteen
GolgoThirteen

Its about time Io got around to making Freedom Fighters 2 if you ask me, although a Hitman sequel in the works is good news.

Penalty_of_Hero
Penalty_of_Hero

I always like what IO:s doing so I think this game will be good too. Go Denmark :)

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

raghraghragh Posted Jan 20, 2009 11:59 pm CT Let's just hope nobody gets fired this time.

Agreed it's ridiculous how that always seems to happen these days

raghraghragh
raghraghragh

Let's just hope nobody gets fired this time. :P

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

I like what Warner Bros is doing in gaming and music, I hope they buy Eidos out, while allowing Eidos to keep its identity and get more resources for higher production values.

amhero15
amhero15

Also, St Jimmy, you might be able to sell the next hitman, but it won't be as popular in the entire market which involves kids, teens, and adults.

amhero15
amhero15

It's looks like a pretty good game. I might get for my little brother.

Mifflinite45
Mifflinite45

This game looks like a fun! I hope there is co-op! :)

ZonaBoy89
ZonaBoy89

Awesome, Hitman was very underrated its always been a good game as far as stealth goes.

msudude211
msudude211

Now all families can have fun with ninjas! :|

Xzakuter
Xzakuter

To CrazyAl92 - Well that makes another game to look for.

Heffe2020
Heffe2020

Wow I didn't realize they were making another hitman that game has a lot of potencial. CONGRATULATIONS OBAMA & FAMILY!

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@xzacuter - read the story, it plainly says another hitman is in the works... should be good

Darkon_X
Darkon_X

I smell another flop for EIDOS. I mean they already looking for someone to buy them but when you make games like these... nah. How bout Hitman 5? Just fix all the glitches and AI and I guarantee you it'll sell.

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

@akiwak I won't deny that the Ninja were masters of deceptive tactics (rusty shuriken to give their enemies infections, sex to gain the trust of foolish male lords, poison, etc.) but to go as far as to say the Samurai were the paragon of justice would be like calling European Knights the greatest defenders of justice that ever lived. (protip: they weren't ;)) But whatever, I'm digging the concept. Glad to see some developers are willing to man up and try something new instead of rely on age-old tactics (I'm looking at you Epic) over and over again to ensure a safe profit.

Thing2
Thing2

never underestimate the profitability of a good E10+ game

Ghetto_ninja
Ghetto_ninja

Akiwalk maybe by your definition the samurai were good and protectors, but history tells a different story. The ninja first formed as a counter to the samurai movement. The samurai, being of a higher class, would go around and opress the peasant class. To fight back the peasants began using guerilla warfare thought to be influenced by Sun Tzu's "The Art of War", and various tribes in Japan. Thus the ninja was born. As the feudal period progressed, shoguns began to find usefulness in some of these ninjas for spying and reconnaissance missions. Rarely, were they actually involved in assassinations.

CrazyAl92
CrazyAl92

To xzakuter- i heard that there was going to be another hitman game coming out.

mvlbr
mvlbr

Can you say Bargain Bin?

Xzakuter
Xzakuter

Why not carry on the Hitman franchise? Another Hitman will probably make more money for IO than Mini Ninja.

Willy105
Willy105

At least they are making a more mature game than Hitman. I myself am impressed that the studio would man up and make a more worldly game.

insanitycheck3
insanitycheck3

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Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

i think video games should be completly focused on people 13 and over only, that way parents will stop blaming crap on games like the horrible parents they are.

Lord_Bafford
Lord_Bafford

Umm, Hitman 5? I would rather hear some news about that.

Stillwind04
Stillwind04

Hiro the "hero" eh? Steal from TV shows much? Lame.

paullywog
paullywog

looks all right, as long as they don't dumb it down for little kids only.

kweeni
kweeni

all nice and well but when is the next hitman comming? yes i understand they can't do hitman forever but id love to see a hitman on next gen systems :)

SoNin360
SoNin360

Well I guess all games don't need to be bloody...

david_critic
david_critic

Alright, it's good to diversify. However, IO, I would appreciate another Hitman game.

volcomstoner180
volcomstoner180

this could be interesting..looks like they are aiming at the young kids