Devil's Third Coming in Early 2013, Possibly to the Wii U

Posted by Alex (2405 posts) -

We haven't heard a great deal from Tomonobu Itagaki, the long-lost member of Guitar Wolf turned game developer who, after a bit of unpleasantness with former employer Tecmo, went off and founded his own studio. We've known for a while that Itagaki's production house, Valhalla Game Studios, was working on a new action title called Devil's Third, and that THQ would be publishing, but with nothing shown of or said about the title at this year's E3, one could not help wondering exactly what might be going on with the game.

Let's face it: None of us could pull this look off.

Fortunately, Itagaki just recently emerged from his self-imposed exile to give an interview to GAME Watch (which Andriasang thankfully translated), in which he gave a few key updates on the status of Devil's Third.

First and foremost, the game is a good, long ways from completion. Itagaki says that mechanically, the game is 100% in place, but from a content perspective, it's closer to 20-30% done. He currently has Devil's Third's targeted release date as "early 2013."

With all that time between now and completion, that does allow Itagaki a bit of wiggle room in terms of trying out some new things. One thing he may be interested in is bringing about a Wii U port of the title. Though he wasn't at E3 to try it himself, Itagaki is reportedly very excited by the possibilities of the tech, and is actively looking into bringing the title to Nintendo's new system.

Lastly, Itagaki noted that we should expect to hear more about Devil's Third around this year's Tokyo Game Show, where he hopes to have new announcements regarding the game's multiplayer modes. Evidently, the core multiplayer component is already up and running, and now simply requires additional content and tweaks to add more players. However, it does sound like this will only be a competitive mode, and that co-op play won't be included during the primary campaign.

It's not much, but for a title we've heard little-to-nothing about for quite some time, it's nice to see Itagaki pop up for air (and perhaps a new pair of sunglasses) and let the world know where the development process is at. Sounds like we'll know a whole bunch more come September in Tokyo.

#1 Posted by Alex (2405 posts) -

We haven't heard a great deal from Tomonobu Itagaki, the long-lost member of Guitar Wolf turned game developer who, after a bit of unpleasantness with former employer Tecmo, went off and founded his own studio. We've known for a while that Itagaki's production house, Valhalla Game Studios, was working on a new action title called Devil's Third, and that THQ would be publishing, but with nothing shown of or said about the title at this year's E3, one could not help wondering exactly what might be going on with the game.

Let's face it: None of us could pull this look off.

Fortunately, Itagaki just recently emerged from his self-imposed exile to give an interview to GAME Watch (which Andriasang thankfully translated), in which he gave a few key updates on the status of Devil's Third.

First and foremost, the game is a good, long ways from completion. Itagaki says that mechanically, the game is 100% in place, but from a content perspective, it's closer to 20-30% done. He currently has Devil's Third's targeted release date as "early 2013."

With all that time between now and completion, that does allow Itagaki a bit of wiggle room in terms of trying out some new things. One thing he may be interested in is bringing about a Wii U port of the title. Though he wasn't at E3 to try it himself, Itagaki is reportedly very excited by the possibilities of the tech, and is actively looking into bringing the title to Nintendo's new system.

Lastly, Itagaki noted that we should expect to hear more about Devil's Third around this year's Tokyo Game Show, where he hopes to have new announcements regarding the game's multiplayer modes. Evidently, the core multiplayer component is already up and running, and now simply requires additional content and tweaks to add more players. However, it does sound like this will only be a competitive mode, and that co-op play won't be included during the primary campaign.

It's not much, but for a title we've heard little-to-nothing about for quite some time, it's nice to see Itagaki pop up for air (and perhaps a new pair of sunglasses) and let the world know where the development process is at. Sounds like we'll know a whole bunch more come September in Tokyo.

#2 Posted by MFDOOM (20 posts) -

ok nice

#3 Posted by Cincaid (2959 posts) -

That's a killer look.

#4 Posted by jmr09 (2 posts) -

2013? Damn.
#5 Posted by KaosAngel (13764 posts) -

No one will be able to play it.

#6 Posted by Solh0und (1855 posts) -
@jmr09 said:
2013? Damn.
#7 Posted by tourgen (4542 posts) -

that's in a weird time between the console generations. I wonder how that will work out.

#8 Posted by AjayRaz (12477 posts) -

it's good to see that Itagaki isn't seemingly favoring the xbox like he has in the past. bring it on, TGS!

#9 Posted by buft (3320 posts) -

2013 seems forever away, many of us wont even make it. what with the apocalypse and all

#10 Edited by Grissefar (2830 posts) -

That's a long way from now, but that's OK. The only thing wrong is THQ publishing, who aren't exactly known for top products. And that it's a goddamn shooter.

#11 Posted by m0rdr3d (472 posts) -

2013?!  Might as well forget this game even exists.  What a teaser.

#12 Edited by Sil3n7 (1200 posts) -

Itagiki always looks dressed like its 1999 and he just saw the matrix.

#13 Posted by rmanthorp (4064 posts) -

What's 2013? :P

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#14 Posted by Evan_Buchholz (126 posts) -

*apocalypse joke*

I am soooo witty

#15 Posted by ChickenPants (934 posts) -

2013 sounds so crazy and futuristic for some reason.

#16 Posted by solidejake (484 posts) -

Looks like GiantBomb's logo.

#17 Posted by bsavvi (14 posts) -
@ChickenPants: +1
#18 Posted by ChrisInCali (146 posts) -

2013?  Kiss my ass.

#19 Posted by BoOzak (999 posts) -

I'm glad THQ arent forcing them to rush it. If it takes them until 2013 to release the game then so be it, but it better deliver.

#20 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19388 posts) -

2013? Christ. To think I thought it would be releasing close to a similar title, Max Anarchy. Hopefully it turns out alright.

#21 Posted by motang (62 posts) -
@jmr09: I know that's the same reaction I had.
#22 Edited by tplarkin7 (43 posts) -

After seeing NG3, I can see that Tecmo is lost without Itagaki. Can't wait for Devil's Third.

#23 Posted by Saethir (352 posts) -

@solidejake:

Haha, I thought the same thing.

#24 Posted by HerbieBug (4208 posts) -

well... it better be good. 

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