Could stealth assassins return?
Back when the PlayStation stealth-action boom was kicking off, one of the quieter, but still tighter franchises on the market was Acquire's Tenchu: Stealth Assassins series. These titles saw players take on the role of shadowy ninjas plying their trade across ancient Japan, making their mark with an array of close range skills, ranged weaponry, and even a dose of old shinobi magic.
Despite an array of releases and a passionate fan base, the Tenchu series has long since returned to obscurity, with 2022's poorly received Tenchu: Shadow Assassins being the franchise's latest release. In a new interview, however, Acquire President Takuma Endo suggested that the gory adventures of Rikimaru and his crew aren't left to rot, and that there's a definite possibility that Tenchu could make a long-awaited return.
Speaking to Famitsu, Endo noted that Acquire had refreshed the brand on the 'Stealth Assassins' subtitle and, while that move should be viewed as a legal technicality only, the studio is very open to rekindling the fire of Tenchu on a modern platform such as the PlayStation 5. Given the recent success of titles such as Ghost of Tsushima and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, (which ironically was originally intended as a sequel to Tenchu), would be the perfect time to return to the franchise, allowing fans to once again run across the rooftops of feudal-era Japan, killing without remorse and disappearing without a trace.
For now, a new Tenchu title remains merely a pipe dream, but it's comforting to know that Acquire hasn't forgotten one of the ancestors of the stealth assassination genre.
Acquiring the President discusses Tenchu's revival potential [Gematsu/Ryokutya2089]