Earlier this year, Team Ninja announced the Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection for current consoles. However, some titles were noticeably missing from the bundle, with the developer now explaining this is because some of the code has been permanently lost.
Speaking in an interview with Famitsu, which has been translated on SiliconEra, Team Ninja brand manager Fumihiko Yasuda explained that the data was irretrievable. This meant that the studio could simply not include those games without significant work to restore the missing code.
“As for Ninja Gaiden Black and the original Ninja Gaiden 2, only pieces of their original data were still intact, and we couldn’t salvage them either. That’s also the reason why we chose Sigma.”
Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection will include Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge. Yasuda later stated that Team ninja considers the Sigma editions of the first two games to be the definitive versions of each game anyway.
The title will launch on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch in June.