It’s been a tough few years for fans of Tomonobu Itagaki. The
controversial figure quit (and later sued) his former employer Tecmo right
before they shipped his action-packed sequel to the incredibly hardcore Ninja
Gaiden. Since then he’s been building a studio all his own and had been working
on his new game, Devil's Third for US publisher THQ. Shown in a brief teaser at E3 2010 (and not once
since), Itagaki had said the title would be shown at Tokyo Game Show this year,
but apparently plans change, as it was noticeably absent again.
Still, even with the game missing, that doesn’t mean we can’t
have a little chat with the creator. Itagaki has a reputation as a candid interviewee
and in our brief time with him he was quick with answers about that mysterious
game. Though we feel only the slightest bit more informed about the title after
talking with Itagaki.
GamesRadar: How’s the
development of Devil’s Third been going?
It’s going very smoothly. There are many characters in this game and we have
finished modeling the characters and are working on animating them. And we’ve
almost completed the design of the levels. We’re developing the guns, melee
weapons, and martial arts as well.
We’re also working on the multiplayer feature of this game.
The minimum will be 16, and we are targeting 32. So as you can see the
development is going very smoothly.
GR: Are you aiming
for Devil’s Third to have a similar high difficulty compared to your previous
TI: Yes, there
will be some difficulty for players, however it will be a game that can be
enjoyed by lighter users as well as hardcore game players.
GR: Do you think that
on average today’s games are too easy?
TI: Hmm. No. For
example Modern Warfare 2 has the proper difficulty level.
GR: Would you define
Devil’s Third’s gameplay as more focused on shooting or close combat?
TI: It depends on
where the battle occurs and what weapons you have. For example, you need to at
least have a handgun to do the shooting, and hold at minimum a knife, and you
also need to be able to punch at any time, so there’s no situation where you don’t
have those weapons. But it depends more on what you have on hand. Perhaps you
have a better weapon for melee, then you’ll be more of a melee gamer.
GR: What’s it like
working with an American publisher?
TI: It’s a great
experience working with THQ, because, number one, THQ is a very creative
company. They refined the script and background we created with a Hollywood
touch and their creativity. Also THQ allows us to do whatever we like as a
GR: So you feel there’s
a bit more freedom than when you were working with a Japanese publisher?
TI: No, that’s not
what I’m saying. But often I am asked the question are you really a Japanese
person, because my mind set is closer to being American, so far as reasoning
and thinking goes. That’s why I get along with THQ very well. When it comes to judgment
and decision-making, I can get along very well with the Americans, because when
it comes to judgment, their way of thinking is different from Americans. Of
course, I can work with Japanese people, but sometimes it can get very
there’s only time for one more question.]
GR: Does the fighting
game genre still interest you as a developer?
TI: No, because I
have done all I can do with the genre already. However, some fans say to me, “please
do not say that yet,” so there might be a time I’ll make something for those
GR: Thanks for your
Sep 26, 2011