Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z gets the third video in its Developer’s Diary series today (aptly titled: “Bringing Out the Dead”), which explores the humorous side of Inafune’s zombies, as well as what makes them deadly.
Developers reflect on the conceptualization and creation of the zombies from various aspects of development, with commentary from Conceptor Keiji Inafune (comcept), Art Director Shinsuke Komaki (comcept), Game Director, Masahiro Yasuma (comcept), Lead Animator, Jason Shum (Spark), Richard Smith, Art Director (Spark) in “Bringing out the Dead.”
Through the video, we learn that the zombies were originally created to be orthodox and simple, but the dev team realized that would make the game too simplistic. Instead, they decided to give each zombie type unique abilities and features, depending on the situation.
As you could probably tell from previous trailers, the zombies were also designed to be really, really stupid; which, along with the ridiculous amounts of blood and guts sprayed everywhere, gives Yaiba a uniquely humorous aspect.
You can watch the full video posted below. And don’t forget to turn on captions so you can understand the Japanese developers.