The Year of New Editions means that those games need expansions and supplemental material to go with them. Such is the case with Ninja Crusade. They're into their 2nd edition and so it's time to get some new sourcebooks for it. Such as Empire's Reign. It's up on Kickstarter now.
In the original Ninja Crusade book, the Emperor isn't your friend. He's the big, bad foe that needs to be thwarted at every turn. But like a sword can cut both ways, so a story has two sides as well. Empire's Reign gives this other view. Here, the troops loyal to the Emperor aren't symbols of an oppressive regime, but peacekeepers, looking to maintain order in the land. And with the new fluff comes the new crunch. There's new character creation options, such as having your Clan now be played by your Assignment. There's new fighting styles as well. Plenty to make a new and unique type of character.
The campaign is primarily about the Empire's Reign book, but with stretch goals they hope to unlock more sourcebooks for Ninja Crusade. They're currently 1/3 of the way to their goal with still 28 days left to go.