Tomonobu Itagaki Says He Went All Out On Devil’s Third

By Sato . December 30, 2014 . 3:31pm

Former Tecmo developer Tomonobu Itagaki has been working on Devil’s Third for quite a while since starting Valhalla Game Studios, and the game is planned for release in 2015. Itagaki recently shared his excitement in an end-of-year feature with 4Gamer.


“It looks like Devil’s Third for Wii U is just about done. It’s been two years spent on designs, and four, six years of development,” Itagaki said. “We’ve really kept all of you fans waiting, but for our first title since going independent, it wouldn’t be fun if we released a small game, so [Devil’s Third] is the result of making something while going all out.”


Itagaki also mentioned the singleplayer aspect of the game, although Devil’s Third’s appeal is supposed to be the multiplayer mode.


“The single player is made to be like the action games of yesteryear,” he stated. “And the online competitive multiplayer mode was designed on a scale that will make you go ‘this much already?!’ The release date announcement will still take a little longer, but let’s play together when it releases. It’s loads of fun!!”

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  • Nice Boat

    Looks promising

  • JustThisOne

    I’m a bit worried that all out isn’t enough. This looked really different from what the earlier trailers looked like. And while it wasn’t a huge dip or anything, I just don’t know what to expect any more.

    Looking forward to more news/ *__*

  • mega jew

    If the single player is as long as Ninja Gaiden. I’m content.

  • LULZ Whatever you say buddy!

  • subsamuel01

    The gameplay they showed at E3 looked pretty rough, I doubt it will come close to Bayonetta 2 in terms of quality but a good game for the Wii U library.

    • HarakiriKami

      What was so rough about it? All I saw was some not so smooth animation and crappy video quality over on IGN and gamespot ( watch it on Nintendo’s channel)

      • popo123

        not so smooth = rough.

  • ariashadow

    i really want to see this new improved build he has been mentioning, i hope it does look better in the visuals and animation aspects, because gameplay and content wise, even back at e3 it looked fun, just not finished

  • NeptuniasBeard

    I wanna believe you itagaki, I really do…

  • X68000

    That sounds wonderful and all. I really like ITAGAKI’s work.

    But what’s a WII U again?

    • No one else gave him a platform

    • Serge
    • Kaetsu

      It’s the only current gen console that’s worth turning on.

      • DudeJericho


    • I was one of you buttheads back then but as of now, the Wii U is a seriously good console now. It just needed time. Mario Kart, Smash, Bayonetta 2, and Hyrule Warriors alone are great games and worth owning a Wii U. I mainly bought it for Bayonetta 2 but with those other games I mentioned, def. worth it. Now with the announcement of a new Star Fox game next year, I’m pretty hyped.

      • HarakiriKami

        It was always a good console, every issue it had with “being a console” was ironed out 6 months in to the platforms life cycle

    • Slickyslacker

      The only 8th-gen home console that I currently own, and bought on launch day.

    • Eder García

      your nickname is interesting

    • FTM

      It also goes by “Comeback Hero.” Look into it!

  • He’s saying you should buy my game even if it’s bad cause I spent a lot of time on it

    No one cares how long you spend on a game, they care if it’s good

    • HarakiriKami

      No you’re making assumptions because you’re a judgmental sour puss :3

      • Valid point, however, in this case with the history of the games development I’m pretty sure he’s telling everyone to buy the game since he worked hard on it

        Devs don’t put themselves out there like this, they let the games speak for them

        • GH56734

          Devs don’t put themselves out there like this, they let the games speak for them

          Kind of hard in this situation, as the game wasn’t released at all and he can’t just shut up until it’s released because that would be sending the game to die, and interpreted by a vocal some as the game being “cancelled” (see Rodea, Star Fox and Fire Emblem x SMT – The Last Guardian is somehow immune).

          I can forgive Itagaki here, since he’s trying to sell the game on its own merits and actually describing it (not saying “DMC-inspired futuristic Call of Duty with Ninja Gaiden action elements and MGS-like stealth segments” like so many just do) and just describing what feel they are going for. Or else would we bash Aonuma for saying Zelda Wii U is “open-world”?

          Why so cynical :P

        • HarakiriKami

          He’s just posting on his facebook page interacting with his fans.

          Take your head out of your god damn arse.

  • I am looking forward to it; I wanna believe. It did look real fun at E3. I wanna fight some ninjas on rooftops, then throw my sword across the way to kill a ninja with a gun, run over to him, and pull it out to slice up some more guys :)

    Though I’m hoping that since the game is finished now, they take the time to polish the heck out of it and get it running as smoothly as possible. For a game with a big multiplayer campaign like this, it would be nice if they released a beta to fine-tune the net code too. I mean, I realize that Nintendo’s pretty allergic to that kind of thing, but considering Itagaki & Valhalla are not known for bleeding edge tech here, having had THQ and Vigil pitch in on development of this around 2011-2012, they really should at least consider a beta.

    I wonder if Nintendo’s going to market this REMOTELY well, or when they’re going to release it too. Considering they’re realistically only going to have 3-6 big games for the Wii U that actually launch in 2015, they need to be smart about when they release everything they got. They were not this year. Hopefully they won’t ignore this one.

    It would be REAL nice if 2015 saw Nintendo turn around and start showing some real marketing support for games beyond their tried-and-true. I can’t believe they didn’t market, or bundle Bayonetta 2 up, at all this year, ffs… what good does bundling in the typical Mario & Mario Kart games do when the people who wanted those own the console already? What’s the point of funding these types of games if you cut & run and ignore them when it comes time to actually SELL THEM TO PEOPLE, and use them to sell people on your hardware?

    • Kaetsu

      I hope Nintendo markets Devil’s Third or else this game will bomb hard. So far there doesn’t seem to be much interest in the game. A lot of people have never heard of this game or just don’t care(even the reveal trailer on Nintendo’s channel doesn’t have many views compared to other games).

      We need to wait and see if this game is actually good or not but if it is Nintendo can market it as their hardcore shooter(they should have done that with Bayonetta). It’ll be good for them since they don’t have Battlefield or CoD.

  • Kaetsu

    I’m strangely more excited for this game than I am for other Wii U games like Zelda and Splatoon. I’m looking forward to those games and will definitely buy them but there’s something about Devil’s Third that’s really intriguing.

    • Totally Da Real Ducked

      This game and Splatoon have me hyped, both of these show a lot of personality and it looks like Nintendo are not only creating two new shooters, but both change up things for the better. Shooting games that are primarily played in 3rd person, that interests me.

    • Armageddon

      Because, he’s the only character in video games that have sutra’s written on his body?

  • Haganeren

    Really not a fan of the ultra macho, ultra serious atmosphere. (Yeah, i know i should take it with some degree).

    But it was eventually fine with Ninja Gaiden i suppose so… Oh well.

    • Kaetsu

      I’m getting a completely different vibe from this game. To me it looks like a hilarious, B movie-esque parody game. I don’t think you’re supposed to take this game seriously when the protagonist has tats all over his body and there are colourful chickens running around in multiplayer.

      • Haganeren

        Yeah yeah, i know it’s not supposed to be taken seriously… But even in Vanquish i “didn’t” get it and the atmosphere / characters was already something that annoyed me greatly…. Fortunatly the gameplay was so cool i was able to enjoy it nevertheless.

        I fear that this game will have the same effect on me… Maybe worst.

      • That’s my take on it as well.

    • Sperium3000

      Well, we already got Bayonetta 2 to balance things out. For now I’m only caring if it’s good or not.

    • Ryudo9

      This game has a smoke a cigg button. So does Vanquish and seems to be semi serious with humor still very much there esp in Multiplayer with watermelon backpacks and cat heads.

    • Cloud_ST

      The same thing happens to me but with Bayonetta’s atmosphere.

      • Haganeren

        That’s funny, not me at all and i though i would really hate the “sexy” part of this game.

        But i though it was quite cleverly done with a lot of character which permits to give at Bayonetta (the character) a lot more personality than i though…. I must admit the vintage atmosphere have soften me a little though.

        More importantly, it’s really over the top and ridiculous so i was actually able to see it’s not serious… Where i have more difficulty for Devil’s Third or Vanquish.

        • Cloud_ST

          I understand what you are saying but for the most part, I’ve always disliked the whole “don’t take it seriously, it’s fun”-thing. I find Bayonetta’s plot to be specially idiotic and that’s a damn shame considering the gameplay is amazing, and I’m not even into hack n’ slash games.

          This is quite off-topic, sorry about that. This game seems to be the same kind of silliness that Bayonetta and some other games like Bulletstorm and MGS: Revengeance seem to thrive in. Definitely not for me, I prefer it when I can take the plot seriously.

          • Haganeren

            Yeah, i haven’t expressed myself well because I was taking the plot of Bayonetta totally seriously actually. The thing with the two sorceress, the past you have to undiscover, the big baddies which is a very powerful male Bayonetta finish by surpassing, the relation between Bayonetta and this little child that i have found very interesting, the fact the heroine try to put a brave font even when she is really shocked at the end of the game and even the relation between her and Luka which was quite refreshing because Luka is a normal person and i love to see his relation with someone as powerful as Bayonetta. (You could say i love it when a totally normal girl have to be with someone like Dante too, i like this kind of stuff)

            So yes, i found very clever than the game show Bayonetta a lot side to side to other “normal” people instead of, like a God of War, making them all victims and/or even more powerful being.

            There is some silly stuff like the guy which have a shop or all the execution and of course, the plot itself is about “not reunit two things you have to search” but i can’t really understand why everyone talk about an idiotic story. It’s one of the best i know for a BTA (so yeah, equal to the first DMC and better than DMC234/No More Heroes/God of War maybe even Viewtiful Joe but that’s because someone spoiled the end to me i think. And it’s not a story as conventional as a BTA like Unslaved even if i liked it)

            So yeah, even if you don’t like it (and i don’t think i will make you like the story of Bayonetta, don’t worry), i just wanted to say that i can assure you the story of Bayonetta is not something to be taken on the second degree at all like Vanquish… I generally don’t like when something have to be “so bad it’s good” like B-tier movie. It just doesn’t work for me.

            When i was saying that ” it’s really over the top and ridiculous”, i was more talking about the crazy thing Bayonetta do in the game and how it influence the atmosphere than the scenario in itself.

          • Cloud_ST

            Thank you for a well thought out response. I understand what you are saying completely, I’m also not a big fan of the whole “so bad it’s good” except with a couple of movies, lol.

            I was just kinda disappointed because the whole mythology and the lore in Bayonetta’s world seemed so interesting and filled with potential, but the execution of the story made me keep facepalming all the way to the end (specially at the end!), but I respect your opinion. Different strokes for different folks.

          • Haganeren

            Oh, yeah, if you searched some lore and mythology, i can totally understand why Bayonetta have disappointed you, ah ah.

            (I can also understand about the end, all the things with the eye of the world didn’t made really sense to me to be honest.)

  • DudeJericho

    “The single player is made to be like the action games of yesteryear” I’m gonna try to think positively about that statement and not think it sounds like a reason why the mechanics might seem dated (if they are).

    • T-X

      Just think Godhand and Winback

  • WhyWai

    “Devil’s Third’sappeal is supposed to be the multiplayer mode.”

  • MrAptronym

    I still think this game looks pretty bad, but I have to admit we haven’t seen enough to know. It looked clunky and bad at E3, but that was an early alpha. I don’t like the characters or setting, so I have no plans on buying it in any case. It reminds me of serious sam, but it feels like its kind of missed the mark.

    The horrible thing is that now that I have seen a lot more of the head developer, I kind of want the game to be bad. I know that’s a terrible thing to say, and a lot of people are pouring their souls into the game… but he really irritates me.

    • HarakiriKami

      That’s more or less due to IGN’s video player XD

  • Alexander Samudio

    i never played 1 and 2 so were those games in the series any good?

    • HarakiriKami

      They’re bloody amazing

      emphasis on the BLOODY AMAZING.

    • popo123

      There is no first or second. This is the first Devil’s Third game ever.

      • YamadaDesigns

        what about Devil’s First and Devil’s Second?

    • Harry Potter


  • Itagaki sounds dated

    He can’t treat the WiiU crowd like Xbox fans that he’s familiar with

    • uPadWatcher

      Just because Itagaki haven’t made a game in a long time doesn’t mean he’s dated. Team NINJA isn’t what they used to be (except for Hyrule Warriors) and you shouldn’t underestimate the creator of the Dead or Alive series.

  • I don’t think I’ll be getting this one. It looks cool and all, but the gameplay looks really clunky since it’s basically an FPS mixed with typical sword action gameplay. Actually, it reminds me of Red Steel somewhat. These types of fusion systems never mix well.

    And as much as I hate to say it, I tried Ninja Gaiden and didn’t care for the gameplay at all. This Itagaki guy sounds like someone who really isn’t anybody special as a developer, but has a delusion of grandeur about his skills to the point where he’ll go out of his way to insult anybody else’s games, probably because some of them are honestly more fun to play than his are.

    I like games like Bayonetta and Devil May Cry because they have an upbeat atmosphere and control very well, kind of like Ocarina of Time if Link had guns and was a coffee addict. This game doesn’t have that quality to me.

    • Eder García

      “I like games like Bayonetta and Devil May Cry…”
      the games you mentioned are Kamiya’s creations… you should know that Itakagi and Kamiya hates each other

      • z_merquise

        Not really.

        There was a bit of exchange of trash-talk between them before but I don’t think it’s nothing personal. It’s kind of like how Itagaki and Harada did.

        • Nintendojitsu

          Kojima once again is ruining an otherwise awesome photo.

        • Nintendojitsu

          I think I will shop Sakurai into this photo to remove the lameness brought by Kojima.

        • AndyMAX

          Kojima be like, *this fucking plebs*.

        • Eder García


      • Slickyslacker

        Itagaki loves action-packed, interactive games to death. He practically worships people like Kamiya.

        He’s famously gone on record saying that he dislikes “cinematic” game franchises, such as MGS and FF. If anything, there would be bad blood between him and Kojima; MGS is full of enough action and interactivity for him, I suppose.

        Besides, there aren’t many sworn enemies in the Japanese game industry. Itagaki and Capcom (as well as his former dev studio, lol: Team Ninja) is one example of a tangible matter of contention, but stuff like that is scarce over there.

    • Cloud_ST

      It’s not FPS, it’s a third person shooter.

    • T-X

      It’s funny because Ninja Gaiden and DMC/Bayo are the same exact genre of game; rhythm-combo hack n slash. If it felt weird to play okay, but dont go around acting like those franchises leave Ita-san in the dust by lightyears. And i love DMC and Bayo.

  • idrawrobots

    I hope this game is polished and fun. The Wii U needs something like this. I doubt it will sell many Wii U’s on its own but it will add some needed diversity. It looks fun and I have it pre-ordered.

  • AndyMAX

    Sexy chicks, katanas, a dude with a Russian accent, guns and cyborg ninjas?, what is not to like? I have seen the game play and it looks really fun, is one of the games i am most hype for.

  • Fronkhead

    Hopefully there will be a playable build of this soon for people to try out as this seems like something that’s difficult to gauge from just watching. Single player aside.

    I really liked the look of the various online modes (I think they were detailed in the Treehouse live stream), so fingers crossed on the rest of it.

  • DurrD

    More funding of Mature games please Nintendo.
    K thx.

  • Yan Zhao

    He went all out eh? I can expect some giant F-Cup boobs and amazing boob physics and ass physics then!

    • Daniel Masterson

      one can only hope!

  • Mind0105A

    Well, game play demo should be enough for me. If not, then a video will do.

  • ndjn3979

    We will see.

    Actually, I won’t see, because I don’t have a Wii U…

  • Omegajak

    *Reads Below* Boy times sure have changed I miss when over the top 90’s action was beloved for what it was and not passed over because everyone can pretend they’re ‘older, better, wiser, have better taste.’ now. Please. you only have taste not worse or better. I for one have been waiting Next gen 90’s in a box. Gimmie the Densetsu Doom (Yeah i compare the mythos of guys like Itagaki envisions to be harmonious with over the top action like good Duke Nuke Em’s and DOOM) I wanted back in the 90’s when I learned about anime and over the top Japanese pop culture. No More Heroes meet’s Hitman, Meets Uncharted, Meets Ninja Gaiden meets God hand? I’m in I’ve been in since announcement. Also, gonna go out on a limb here and just say what I was thinking while reading some of everyone’s comments:


    “Itagaki could have made Asura’s Wrath not only memorable but an actual game.” There I said it, and that’s coming from someone who LOVES Asura’s Wrath for what it is. Peace out haters see you NOT online.

  • SupaPhly

    people are unironically hyped for this game?

  • Hossi Blumengaarten

    this guy always made amazing games and he also has a very keen eye for attention to detail, hope he does not disappoint me!!!

  • Göran Isacson

    You know, I’m interested in at least checking this out. I want to see what Itagaki can do with six years, because the trailers thus far didn’t look too impressive. I want to see if he can do something that lives up to my memories of Ninja Gaiden, or if it was all just a different time that I’ve since outgrown. So then, Itagaki-san… toss that dice. At least this game is waiting to see if you can live up to your hype.

  • T-X

    Basically this will be Sucker Punch and 007 all in one.

  • zero254

    I preordered this because I’ve never been fully disappointed in any game he made except the rushed doa4. Even ng2 fps issues on minor levels wasn’t too bad.

  • kdog254

    I really can’t wait to see the final product.

  • uPadWatcher

    My body, guns, sword, watermelons, and chickens are ready!

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