That difficulty likely stems from the fact that the Tenchu IP is currently owned by FromSoftware, who released Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice in 2019. In the early stages, Sekiro was being developed as a Tenchu successor, but From Software eventually decided to take the development in a different direction. It’s not clear if the developer has any plans for the Tenchu franchise at this point.Back in August of last year, Acquire registered a trademark for “Stealth Assassins” in Japan which set the rumour mill off that a remake or spiritual successor was in the works. In the same interview with Famitsu, Endo mentions that this was merely a formality, as the trademark had expired.
Elsewhere, Endo mentioned that Acquire plans to launch an “indies brand” separate from its main output, with the first title coming “by the end of 2021”. Here’s our review of Sekiro from 2019, which we scored a 9.5, lauding its “focused stealth-action take on t he FromSoftware formula”.
Back in 1998, we awarded Tenchu: Stealth Assassins a 9/10 review, calling it “the quintessential PlayStation game. Hard-core, smart, bloody, and fun as hell.”
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