Gears of War 2, Lips, and Banjo-Kazooie are out the door and Halo Wars won't be coming until March. So, what will Microsoft bring to Xbox 360 owners between now and Halo Wars?
Maybe Ninja Blade.
From Software will have their "dramatic action game" ready for Japan on January 29. Microsoft will be publish it in other regions sort of like how they handled Tenchu Z and Project Sylpheed. An official date has not been announced, but Gamestop says Ninja Blade will be in stores on February 3. While this is just a retail rumor it's plausible since February 3 is a few days after Ninja Blade launches in Japan.
Ninja Blade is an entirely different beast from Ninja Gaiden. Unfortunately, the two games sound a little too much alike. Ninja Gaiden is known for its brutal difficulty and in the future Ninja Blade will be remembered for its sluggish enemies, mutant spiders, and quick time events.