Itagaki: Devil's Third will 'surprise' people

Tomonobu Itagaki says project "going along really well" and Valhalla is in talks with publishers to bring game to market; "Valhalla Corner" opened at Roman game museum.

Tomonobu Itagaki's third-person game Devil's Third remains in development at Valhalla Game Studios and aims to "surprise" gamers, the Japanese developer said in the latest issue of Famitsu (translated by Polygon).

"It's going along really well," Itagaki said. "We're discussing things with publishers; we're continuing to expand on and deepen the gameplay. That's about the level we're at."

Itagaki did not give details regarding which publishers have shown interest in the game. Devil's Third was originally slated to be published by the now-bankrupt THQ.

Devil's Third will not be on display at next month's Electronic Entertainment Expo, Itagaki confirmed, noting it "wasn't the timing for that" yet. The game is progressing well, he continued to say, noting the project may "surprise" people.

"The game itself is pretty well along in development," he said. "I'm building upon the context I've created up to now to provide gameplay that will really surprise people. I'm not sure there's really a game like this on consoles, and I'd like fans to know that I'm definitely building this up Itagaki-style."

Valhalla Game Studios plans to expand the Devil's Third property into other forms of media, including manga, novels, animation, and film, in an effort to spin the fiction into a "blockbuster franchise."

In addition, Valhalla Game Studios announced today that a "Valhalla Corner" has been opened at the Vigamus Video Game Museum in Rome. It features the work of Itagaki, spanning Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden, and Devil's Third.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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64 comments
Hurvl
Hurvl

"Surprise" like "change" or "new" isn't inherently positive. Simcity surprised many when it was revealed to be an always-online game. That was a change and something completely new compared to the past games.

marius068
marius068

Been waiting for this game for ages

CTR360
CTR360

i hope itagaki make next ninja gaiden on xbox one and ps4 dont hyped for devil third

HappyBB
HappyBB

I hope this "surprise" is a good one, not for the bad one!

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

Awesomeness!  I thought the game got canned after THQ went bankrupt.

I absolutely love Ninja Gaiden 1 & 2(Xbox editions).  The Sigma versions were horrible!

PaulJanson
PaulJanson

Getting a lil' tired of hearing about this game instead of seeing this game.........

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

Good news. It's been on my radar for awhile and I am highly interested.

ForceSkin
ForceSkin

I was just thinking about this game a couple of days ago, something about Ninja Theory announcing a new project or something triggered the memory.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

It annoys me when games get announced and shown and then just fall of the face of planet. Its finally nice to get a word about it.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

"I'm not sure there's really a game like this on consoles." I really hate when devs say this. I'm interested in the game, but I find that remark highly doubtful.

SciFiCat
SciFiCat

YES! I've been waiting to hear what had happened to this game since THQ went under.  The early footage shown w¡looked very promising.

Roweb0t
Roweb0t

well, i sure hope so that this game will "surprise" me.. isn't that what the initial plan should be in the first place?

ryancyc
ryancyc

OH MY GOD YOU'RE ALIVE?!?!?!? I THOUGHT YOU WERE DEAD AND OUT OF MY LIFE, I THOUGHT YOU LEFT ME FOR GOOD!!!

meharu
meharu

We're continuing to expand on and deepen the gameplay. Of course, gameplay is the most important thing and he always focus on that. It is been in development for a long time which is good. Above all that it is being built Itagaki-style XD

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

I'm surprised every time this game is brought up again because its been in development for so long now.

Danzorz88
Danzorz88

FYI: This has been confirmed for PC.

Lord_Daemon
Lord_Daemon

I don't really fully trust Itagaki when it comes to delivering an enjoyable gaming experience, but considering his passion I'll at least give it a look see when it finally hits. 

PrpleTrtleBuBum
PrpleTrtleBuBum

One of the only games I'm excited for. Itagaki oozes originality and fan service.

Zoza24
Zoza24

Ps4 version Itagaki!.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

so how they are gonna release this game? 

for current X360, PS3, PC or PS4 and XBO

consumed_chaos
consumed_chaos

They sure are taking there time and i was really glad when i found that this is coming to PC aswell im just hoping they dont drop that idea!!!

Deingerous
Deingerous

Awesome, Itagaki's style was missed by me, still have the bad taste of NG3 in my mouth 

Adavanter
Adavanter

The good news though is it's taking so long. When they had fast tracked the original trailer I felt like they were going to rush out this crap game to prove they still exist. I'm glad they are trying to prefect it first.

The original trailer lost all of the magic/style DOA had. No I'm not just talking about breasts :P

j12456788
j12456788

@CTR360  he don't own the rights to ninja gaiden so it will never happen 

speedy5212
speedy5212

@PupilsDilated Why were they horrible? Simply because they took out blood in Sigma 2? I personally enjoyed Sigma 1 most just because it had more content for me over the Xbox version. That sounds really biased man. 

tonx93
tonx93

@SavoyPrime how so? i watched the trailer and doesnt look like anything ive seen before.

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

@Danzorz88 

It better be on PC, man.  My 360 died and I have no intention of replacing it for one game.

Marky360
Marky360

I don't see hwy not his track records nearly perfect Ninja Gaiden 1&2 are probably still the best third person hack and slash games out there.

Marky360
Marky360

Yea no kidding both versions sucked a$$ luckily all I botherd to play was the demos.

gameguy182
gameguy182

@Adavanter Well the main reason the game has taken so long is because they had to re build the game from an entirely new engine after the publishers of the engine they originally used went out of business.

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

@speedy5212 @PupilsDilated I'm a HUGE fan of the series, and have played all of them countless times.  I'm telling you, the Sigma versions are a major letdown.  True, they added more content, but the fighting mechanics are not the same.  And the inventory system is flawed.  Plus, the action is slower in the Sigma versions.  It's not obvious at first, but it's true.

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

@speedy5212 @PupilsDilated Blood is not an issue, it's the gameplay.  I have all versions of Ninja Gaiden and have completed them all on Master Ninja difficulty.  When they got ported to the PS3, the games were way too easy.  I went through the entire game without using any health.  The Sigma versions are basically dumbed-down for noobs and just made to be more accessible to everyone.

The Xbox versions(made by Itagaki) were so much more rewarding.  Extremely difficult, but I enjoy a challenge.

Adavanter
Adavanter

@Marky360  I agree NG1 minus the DLC was easily the best action hack and slash game out there. It ruined pretty much every other action game for me.

I can't say I liked NG2 though. NG1 was so damn perfect even 2 couldn't live up to it. Far to many cheap moves were introduced into the fighting mechanic while NG1 was just pure skill.

I didn't bother with 3 since Ity was gone and the reviews slamed it to kingdom come.