Not Finishing Devil’s Third Was Never An Option

Not Finishing Devil’s Third Was Never An Option

While it seems somewhat unclear as to who is publishing Ninja Gaiden creator Tomonobu Itagaki’s latest game, Devil’s Third in the West, the game will definitely be out in Japan next month. Thank goodness.

After its initial announcement in 2010, Devil’s Third was dropped by its publisher, THQ. After seemingly getting locked in development limbo for the longest time, the game resurfaced during last year’s E3 as a Wii U exclusive. Asked how he was able to persevere for so long in an interview with Weekly Famitsu, Itagaki replied, “If I gave up, I wouldn’t be able to face the people who had supported me until then. I’d never be able to work in this industry again.”

Itagaki expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the fans whose support had kept him going on to complete his game. “It’s not only because of Nintendo and other game industry people involved, but because the fans had been waiting expectedly for so long.” Itagaki said. “I didn’t want to be the sort of person to turn his back on them.”

Devil’s Third consists of a full solo campaign and a multiplayer mode where up to 16 players will fight for dominance over a North America that has been split into 13 regions. According to Itagaki, the game is the product of everything he has learned as a game developer until now. “It’s got so much in it, I’ve made it so both its solo mode and multiplayer mode each have enough to stand on their own as individual games.” Itagaki said. “As a result, I’ve ended up keeping everyone waiting, but at last it’s shaped into something people can play, so once the game is out, let’s play it together.”

Devil’s Third is scheduled for release on the Wii U in Japan on August 4, and Europe on August 28. At present, the Western release is still TBD.


  • …if you haven’t already I would go on google and read some of the previews for this game. It is genuinely looking like one of the worst games Nintendo has ever published.

    • That’s why Nintendo backed away from it at e3, they couldn’t drag the game up to their standards.

      I have a remaining sliver of hope that the multiplayer is fun, it IS whacky, but the campaign is looking horrendous from the previews.

      But at least they’re taking risks, right? Bayonetta was worth this.

    • I don’t believe most people have the requisite skills to actually determine whether or not a game is the worst a publisher has released prior to release, mostly due to the complex nature of games and the oversimplification of the craft and experience by fans coupled with an unhealthy level of certainty in their uneducated perspectives.

        • Look Bobby, I would rather that people did not take video games so seriously, this whole issues with game previews crap is hardly all that important in the grand scheme of things, it’s like ethics in games journalism, who really cares and does it really matter? Down-voting me for the sake of down-voting me is pretty childish btw.

      • unhealthy level of certainty in their uneducated perspectives

        Just to clarify Chris, you are in fact calling me uneducated?

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