“Ninja Slayer Neosaitama in Flames”, the game adaptation of the popular novel and comic book series, will be released on 24 July 2024 on Nintendo Switch and Steam.

This title marks the first in an indie game project by developers KADOKAWA Game Linkage and ABC Animation.

The game is based on the popular Ninja Slayer series, which has sold over 4.4 million copies in novels, comics, and other formats.

“Neosaitama in Flames”, the first part of the story, serves as the stage for this game. It is an action game where the protagonist, The Ninja Slayer, faces numerous powerful enemies in life-and-death battles.

Players will encounter eight unique bosses across various stages, which can be tackled in any order of the player’s choosing.

This project is a collaboration between ABC Animation, known for creating animation IP, and KADOKAWA Game Linkage, a longstanding game media company with Famitsu and Dengeki Game under its portfolio. This joint initiative aims to produce a high-quality indie game.

ABC Animation and KADOKAWA Game Linkage will have a booth at Bit Summit Drift, one of Japan’s largest national indie game events, where they will showcase “Ninja Slayer Neosaitama in Flames”. The event is scheduled to take place in Kyoto from 19-21 July.

In the gaming world, indie games stand out because they allow the creator’s thoughts and ideas to shine through clearly. This project aims to use indie games to popularise the titles these games are based on, both in Japan and globally.

Bradley Bond, one of the creators of Ninja Slayer, said: “The Ninja Slayer franchise itself is heavily influenced by several classic video games. The “Neosaitama in Flames” version is particularly nuanced, so it should be a good fit for a side-scrolling action game.

“I’ve heard that there will be a series of battles with Laomoto Khan and I am extremely excited about that. I’m looking forward to a game which will have the atmosphere of karate and ninja!”