Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive’s Tomonobu Itagaki Has Started a New Studio
Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive director Tomonobu Itagaki has formed a new studio – Itagaki Games – and said “it would be an honor for me” to work with Microsoft again.
He discussed how, for the past four years since leaving Devil’s Third’s Valhalla Game Studios, which he co-founded, he’s been teaching game development to a younger generation. However, he now feels that he wants to “make a game again and just established a company for that purpose.”
He further explained that while Itagaki Games is not part of either Koei Tecmo or Valhalla Games Studios, he wouldn’t be against working with Microsoft again.
“I know Microsoft is still aggressive,” Itagaki said. “If they reach out to me, it will be an honor for me.”
Multiple Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive titles under Itagaki were Xbox exclusive, so the established relationship is already there.
Itagaki resigned from Tecmo in 2008 following the release of Ninja Gaiden 2 and filed a lawsuit against the company and its president Yoshimi Yasuda over unpaid bonuses.
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