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GDC: Team Ninja doesn't need Itagaki

"The DNA is still there," says Hayachi.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 producer Yosuke Hayachi has said Team Ninja is getting on just fine without its founder, Tomonobu Itagaki.

You may recall that Itagaki once told CVG that if Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 was released for PS3, it would be "a loss of face for everyone involved".

At a press conference in San Francisco, a member of the audience asked why Itagaki is so against the Sigma series. "Maybe we should ask him, huh?" joshed the translator.

"Personally there's nothing that I would have against the Sigma series," said Hayachi. "The DNA still exists as Team Ninja, even though the faces may change. The leader has changed, and the person called the creator was has left. But the essence, the DNA is still there.

"There's no reason why I personally would be against the Sigma series still being there, adding more and being a different branching out of the series," continued Hayachi. "I'll be able to prove that with my game, and not have to speak about my game."

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is out this autumn.

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