Devil's Third

Devil's Third is caught between genres it never quite brings together, and despite fun multiplayer never gets over its shaky foundations.


Devil's Third review

Don't settle for bronze.

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Tour Ninja Gaiden creator's new studio.

VideoDevil's Third teaser trailer

Strange Japanese man shouting.

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Tomonobu Itagaki introduces us to Valhalla Studios' first game.

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Devil's Third review

Devil's Third review

Don't settle for bronze.

A game can be a mediocrity but, when it is developed by talent, that can seem like tragedy. The history of Devil's Third always suggested a difficult project, the most painful stats being six years and three different engines. The debut of Valhalla Game Studios, founded in 2009 by Tomonobu Itagaki and other members of Team Ninja, has been so delayed it may well double as a wake.

Devil's Third

Publisher: Nintendo

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FeatureDevil's Third is a shoddy game - but can it be so bad it's good?

Early impressions of Itagaki's less than heroic return.

Have you ever pondered over the question of what would happen if Tomonobu Itagaki made a mash-up of Ninja Gaiden and Modern Warfare-era Call of Duty, most likely while drunk and working on a PlayStation 2 devkit with a fiver and a pocketful of loose change to bring it all home? Boy does Devil's Third have the answer for you.

Wii U-exclusive Devil's Third shown off in bizarre trailer

UPDATE 10/6/15 10.05am: Out of the blue, Nintendo UK has just confirmed a UK release will happen for Devil's Third - as soon as 28th August.

ORIGINAL STORY 10/6/15 9.25am: Japanese Wii U owners will soon be able to play Devil's Third, the new action adventure hack-and-slash game from Tomonobu Itagaki.

Itagaki - the creator of Dead or Alive and recent Ninja Gaiden entries, features prominently in the trailer - as he introduces gameplay while sat on the floor in a darkened room.

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Itagaki's Devil's Third is now a Wii U exclusive - report

Itagaki's Devil's Third is now a Wii U exclusive - report

Has added first-person shooting and a level editor.

Ninja Gaiden director Tomonobu Itagaki's upcoming action game, Devil's Third, will be a Wii U-exclusive.

The eccentric director revealed this new platform migration in an interview with IGN. Previously the game was being published by THQ, but when the company went bankrupt the fate of Itagaki's action game became uncertain. Last we checked, Combat Arms developer Doobic Game Studios had teamed up with Itagaki's Valhalla Studios to bring the game to PC and tablets in addition to PS3 and Xbox 360, but it sounds like that's no longer the case.

According to IGN, Devil's Third contains not only melee combat and third-person shooting, but first-person shooting as well. It also features competitive multiplayer, a level editor, and customisable characters.

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Valhalla plans to launch Devil's Third on digital devices

Valhalla plans to launch Devil's Third on digital devices

"We will continue to do our best to fulfil your expectations."

Valhalla plans to launch Devil's Third on a "wide variety" of digital devices as well as home consoles and PC, it's announced.

The news comes following the full transfer of copyright and sales and distribution rights for the game to the Japanese developer from US publisher THQ.

"To all our fans and members of the industry, we greatly appreciate your support," Valhalla CEO Satoshi Kanematsu wrote in a message on the developer's website.

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When I sat down to chat with Danny Bilson during THQ's pre-E3 showcase event in North London earlier this month, I had no idea that, just over a week later, he would no longer be with the publisher. Hindsight is a beautiful thing, but I'm convinced there was something about the way he introduced presentations on Company of Heroes 2, Metro: Last Light and Darksiders 2 to European press that morning that was, for want of a better term, off.

Itagaki: Japanese devs lack social skills

And execs don't know what they're doing.

If Japanese developers want to better compete with Western studios they need to hone their social skills, according to former Team Ninja boss Tomonobu Itagaki.

Devil's Third Wii U looks likely

Itagaki praises Nintendo's new machine.

Tomonobu Itagaki's is looking into bringing his next title, third person shooter Devil's Third, to Wii U, the Valhalla Studios boss has revealed.

"Big" THQ announcement for Gamescom

Homeworld 3? Dawn of War 3?

THQ will reveal an unannounced game at Gamescom in Germany in August.

Core games boss Danny Bilson described the announcement as "big" to Eurogamer.

"I promise a big announcement at Gamescom," he said. "It's unannounced, a new announcement."

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Devil's Third: Itagaki gets more help

Tokyo dev Score Studios joins team.

Ninja Gaiden creator Tomonobu Itagaki and his company Valhalla have enlisted the help of little-known Japanese developer Score Studios to help with development of his mysterious new game Devil's Third.

Team Ninja not missing Itagaki

Studio has "most powerful team in history."

Team Ninja currently boasts "the most powerful team in history" and has improved since the acrimonious departure of Tomonobu Itagaki, studio boss Yosuke Hayashi has claimed.

THQ may scrap annual UFC policy

After disappointing sales of 2010 game.

THQ may axe its policy of releasing a UFC game every year after the last game in the mixed martial arts simulation series sold fewer copies than expected.

Devil's Third slated for 2012

Could be earlier or later, though.

Bad news for those eagerly awaiting fast-paced actioner Devil's Third - the game might not be here for another two years yet.

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Tomonobu Itagaki introduces us to Valhalla Studios' first game.

THQ has announced that it has signed up Tomonobu Itagaki's new outfit Valhalla Studios to partner on a brand new action game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.