Klei Entertainment bring us more Ninja made Marks with a prequel, new moves and items and some commentary.
Mark of the Ninja, one of the few games that actually treats ninjas like silent assassins instead of sword wielding engines of destruction. It was also meant to be very good. So good our very own Anthony Shelton declared it his Game of the Year for 2012. Now Klei Entertainment are expanding the sneaky experience with some Special Edition DLC.
Most obviously the DLC adds a new prequel level that tells the story of the tattoo artist Dosan and helps set the stage for the main game. Dosan will also have the unique ability of not killing his enemies but using new non-lethal takedown abilities, as well two new items. Though Klei aren’t explaining any of that yet.
So far, so normal DLC. So what does this do earn its Special Edition moniker? A optional developer commentary. All the original levels will have nodes you can activate to hear the developers wax lyrical about the creative process. It’s about time someone else did something like this. Valve have done it for awhile, but no one else seemed to bother. They’ve also been kind enough to record versions in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese. I might just switch on the Japanese one for atmosphere.
Anyone who’s lucky enough to be going to PAX East this weekend can also seek out Klei’s booth and give it a try. Everyone else will have to wait for the official release, which will be sometime this summer on Xbox Live Arcade and Steam.