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Tomonobu Itagaki Breaks Silence and Talks About His New Game

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On the heels of finding out that his former studio, Team Ninja, was working with Nintendo on a new Metroid title, the video game rockstar (in his own mind) Tomonobu Itagaki has popped up to announce he has some new plans of his own in addition to having settled his lawsuit with Tecmo.

Tom Itagaki Itagaki san is back to his old tricks and letting people know that he's out of hiding in a new interview with Japanese rag Famitsu.

The new two page interview in this week's issue of Famitsu has Itagaki sharing the name of his new company which is called Valhalla Game Studio. The new development studio is headed by fellow Tecmo alum Satoru Kanematsu and is where Tomonobu will hold the position of Chief Technical Officer.

Currently staffed by approximately 50 employees, Itagaki states that he plans on increasing the overall number of employees, but doesn't want to have a "mega-studio" overrun with hundreds of people. The shades-wearing producer feels that a game produced in two years by 50 people is much better than a game produced in one year by 100 people.

Of course, Itagaki didn't mention in his interview the details of the settlement he came to with Tecmo. He did however say, "I believe the game I'm making now will be a little bit like nothing anyone has ever seen." He went on to estimate the sales of his new game in the area of four-million. Considering his highest selling game was Dead or Alive 3 at around two-million, he must have some big plans.

We can't wait to see what Itagaki has in store now that he's broken his silence. And we'll let you know the moment he releases more info.



-1 #1 Xbox 360 ExclusiveJosh 2010-03-03 11:46
Say hello to the next great fighting series. And it will likely be on 360 only.
#2 RE: Tomonobu Itagaki Breaks Silence and Talks About His New GameCan Read 2010-03-03 13:08
You're a twit. Nowhere does it say anything about the 360.
#3 RE: Tomonobu Itagaki Breaks Silence and Talks About His New GameAntihero20 2010-03-03 14:25
"Some big plans" or one hell of an ego
+1 #4 RE: Tomonobu Itagaki Breaks Silence and Talks About His New GamePizzagaki 2010-03-03 14:49
If he's expecting four-million then it looks like this game will be for 360 & PS3 (maybe even PC). If it's a 360 exclusive or even console exclusive then I would expect low sales as people only buy shooters on that console. So unless this new game is a shooter then it won't sell well on the 360.
#5 RE: Tomonobu Itagaki Breaks Silence and Talks About His New Gamexino 2010-03-03 18:13
[First - I can't read code of conduct] :/
second, "a game anyone has ever seen"? I'm looking forward to it!
+1 #6 RE: Tomonobu Itagaki Breaks Silence and Talks About His New GameNick 2010-03-03 19:12
Nice to see the man ( and the ego) back. I missed him and his games. His interviews and trash talking always brought a smile to my face. Good luck Itagaki
+1 #7 RE: Tomonobu Itagaki Breaks Silence and Talks About His New GameTim Larkin 2010-03-03 23:00
Itagaki is a video game rockstar. There aren't that many developers more famous or charismatic as him.
#8 360 Exclusive? LOL.David Macphail 2010-03-05 09:16
If it's a 360 exclusive then it won't be the "Next big thing" it'll be the "Next overhyped piece of trash" just like Too Human and Ninja Blade before it.

Considering the 360 doesn't have any exclusives lined up for 2010 and considering the fact that every exclusive it ever has had is being ported to the PS3 (GTA: IV DLC, Bioshock, Star Ocean, etc, etc, etc) it's doubtful Itagaki would make his next game exclusive to the 360. If he expects it to sell 4 million copies, it'll have to be on PS3.
#9 360 users know PS3 SXXX.Charles Histler 2010-04-20 22:57
I was at a friends house laughing at the dashboard of the PS3. When a person thinks design is more important than features go Sony, if they're a gamer go Xbox. What a bad friends list, well it's better then the Wii but barely. I'd be suprised if DOA 5 had online support on the PS3 all that said the PS3 SXXX for everything including shooters. No suprise Blu ray is hitting the dust after the PS3. Although I believe the Compact disc is on the way out also, but we'll have to wait for A.I. Compressed technology that compresses the bit rate to process it. The discless system.

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