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Ninja Gaiden 3 is one of the most anticipated games for 2011 and beyond, and hardcore gamers are dying for more information on it, including how good the title could be without Tomonobu Itagaki (the man responsible for the series since it went 3D) in charge. After speaking with a friend in development on the game, the feeling at Team Ninja is that “Ninja Gaiden 3 will be better without Tomonobu Itagaki.”
My source tells me that the game is shaping up beautifully, will shock many gamers, and that the new Team Ninja group is more well rounded and “together” than in any past game’s development. Basically, the guidance of Itagaki doesn’t seem to be required any more. You could debate whether that’s company talk or not, because after all, no one would say, “yeah, after we lost those guys…our new team sucks”, but I got a pretty sincere vibe that at least they believe in themselves 100% and if that’s the case, I think Ninja Gaiden 3 will be pretty special.
Tomonobu Itagaki and Paul Gale at E3 2004.
I’d be very interested to hear what Itagaki has to say in response and perhaps actions will speak louder than words when ValhallaGameStudios releases their own action game, Devil’s Third. I know Tomonobu personally since meeting for the first time at E3 2004 and he’s a very talented developer that’s opinionated, expressive, and always tries to deliver a high quality product. I assume that he would simply brush off such a comment and say, “we’ll show them them when Devil’s Third is ready who’s better” (please note that that’s not a quote from him, rather what I think his response would be) and maybe PGN will find out.
Even though I still haven’t seen Ninja Gaiden 3 or even know the platform it’s being developed for, my anticipation is growing even more now…especially since being reassured that Team Ninja really has their act together. Here’s hoping it’s the best yet in the series and also that Devil’s Third is Itagaki’s finest to date.