Former Director of Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive Is Creating an NFT Game with His New Studio

Oldies return. And their grown-up audience likes when they do it to reinvent some old-school games in brand new wrapping.

Oldies return. And their grown-up audience likes when they do to reinvent some old-school games in brand new wrapping. In this way, retro-inspired indie projects are still at their peak. 

On the other hand, oldies can bring even more value to new genres, converting their experiences into new mechanics and gameplay peculiarities. 


That’s exactly what Tomonobu Itagaki, the former director of Team Ninja, which created Dead or Alive, did with the reinvention of Ninja Gaiden. Now, Mr. Itagaki has established his own gaming studio, Apex Game, the first project of which is an NFT game. 

Warrior He Is – As Simple As That 

The studio’s first game is named simply “Warrior.” It’s an action RPG in development with web3 elements and NFTs. According to the gameplay trailer, the game feels pretty much like the Monster Hunter series. 

So far, everything we can find out about the game is from its hastily made trailer and the official website with a team of three people mentioned. On the last one, we found out that the game is being built on Unreal Engine and the beta is planned to be released in early 2023 for PC and mobile platforms.

  • The website feels unfinished. For example, such buttons as “Download” and “Marketplace” have been implemented, but they do not work yet. 
  • As mentioned above, there are only three people in the team section, two of which are anonymous, without faces and surnames. However, they claim to have over 100 employees in their official press release. 

Why You Should Care  

Blockchain gaming is not only about tokens, pre-sales, NFTs, and other money-related things. There are crypto enthusiasts who look at blockchain implementation as the way to benefit players, providing brand-new gameplay mechanics.  


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Nazar Kuzmyn

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