The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu includes a new interview with Acquire president Takuma Endo, who teases a potential revival of the Tenchu series and the launch of a new indies brand by the end of 2021.
Here are the notable tidbits:
- The “Stealth Assassin” trademark registered by Acquire in Japan back in August 2018 was only registered because it expired.
- While it is currently difficult, Endo would like to create a new Tenchu from the ground up for the PlayStation 5 generation if the possibility arises. The “Stealth Assassin” trademark lays the groundwork.
- Endo wants to launch an indies brand to release new and unique games in short time. This would be separate from Acquire’s main brand. Endo hopes to launch the new brand and its first title by the end of 2021. A screenshot of the first title was also published, which shows a battle-type game set on a small star with World of Final Fantasy-esque characters.
- Gladiux is still in development.
Update 8:57 p.m.: The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu is now available and the actual interview text clarifies that Endo was talking about a potential new “stealth ninja game” and not specifically a new Tenchu game, as the source of the pre-release magazine leak implied. The title has been updated.
Here is the full interview snippet:
Endo: “Actually there was another thing… We trademarked the Tenchu subtitle ‘Stealth Assassin.'”
—Oh! How did that come to happen?
Endo: “We only acquired it because the trademark for ‘Stealth Assassin’ expired, there isn’t some deep meaning behind it, but it was reported overseas and now people are wondering whether Acquire will make another Tenchu again.”
Endo: “It would be difficult to do right now…. But, if the possibility arises, I would like to make a stealth ninja game from the ground up for the PlayStation 5 generation. To lay the groundwork for that, we acquired this trademark, which is the game’s subtitle overseas.”