Devil's Third, the debut effort of Ninja Gaiden creator Tomonobu Itagaki's Valhalla Game Studios, only launched last August but it's already shuttering its online multiplayer at the end of the year.
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Ninja Gaiden creator Tomonobu Itagaki's Valhalla Game Studios is facing a trademark dispute with the similarly branded Valhalla Motion Pictures (now known as Valhalla Entertainment).
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.
Nintendo and Valhalla Game Studios' disappointing-looking Devil's Third will also be released on PC.
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.
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.
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.
Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive creator Tomonobu Itagaki has noted that his upcoming third-person shooter The Devil's Third is still slated to come out later this year, despite its troubled development.
Ex-Ninja Gaiden head honcho Tomonobu Itagaki's upcoming third-person shooter Devil's Third has found a new home following a joint-venture between Itagaki's Valhalla Game Studios and Korean developer Doobic Game Studios, best known for the Combat Arms series.
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.
All rights to action game Devil's Third have been returned to creator Tomonobu Itagaki and his Valhalla team, THQ confirmed to Eurogamer this afternoon.
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.
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THQ's high-profile financial troubles might have resulted in the closure of studios and the cancellation of an unknown number of titles, but for one game on its books, money, it seems, is no object.
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.
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.
Tour Ninja Gaiden creator's new studio.
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."
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.
Ex-Team Ninja boss Tomonobu Itagaki is partnering with Dawn of War developer Relic Entertainment on the technology behind his upcoming game Devil's Third.
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.
Valhalla Studios boss Tomonobu Itagaki has told the Japanese press he would like Devil's Third to have 3D options on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
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Bad news for those eagerly awaiting fast-paced actioner Devil's Third - the game might not be here for another two years yet.
THQ has announced that it has formed a partnership with Tomonobu Itagaki's Valhalla Studios to publish its new game Devil's Third for PS3 and Xbox 360.
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.
THQ publishing for PS3 and 360.