Ninjas were popular subject matter for NES games….partly because they were heavily popular in the 80s and 90s and partly because the bulk of NES’s library was created in Japan, where ninjas have always been popular (and at one point real). Yacht Club Games, publishers of Shovel Knight, is shifting their focus from knights to ninjas with the upcoming Cyber Shadow.

Like Shovel Knight, Cyber Shadow uses a deliberate 8-bit aesthetic. But it was not created by the Shovel Knight team….Cyber Shadow is being brought to life by Aarne “MEKASKULL” Hunziker, founder of indie studio Mechanical Head Games. He’s been working on this game for years, and it’s now attracted the attention of Yacht Club.

“It’s a huge honor to work with Aarne Hunziker on Cyber Shadow,” says Sean Velasco, game director at Yacht Club Games. “We understand more than most what a massive undertaking it is to bring a game you’ve been dreaming about for years into the world. We’re here to help Aarne deliver his vision – taking care of the ‘boring stuff’ so that he can do what he does best!”

In Cyber Shadow – the newest addition to the Yacht Club Games roster – the world has been taken over by synthetic lifeforms. A desperate plea for help sets Shadow on a journey to uncover what set the world on the path to perpetual ruin. Slash through techno hordes, leap past traps, and nimbly navigate the ruins of Mekacity. Only you can unlock the secrets to your clan’s ancient powers in Cyber Shadow – a quintessential take on the ninja action genre

There is no solid release date as of yet for Cyber Shadow, but if you’re going to PAX East, you can play a demo there. Look for Booth 20079 near Nintendo.

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