Tomonobu Itagaki Working On New Game And It's Not A Fighter


Posted May 28, 2009 - By pklepek

Ninja Gaiden II

The producer of Ninja Gaiden isn't resting on his laurels after a very public departure from Tecmo, the company he helped define in recent years. 1UP caught up with the outspoken designer, who said he's hard at work on a brand new game with his "Tokyo Assassins" development team (it's just a temporary name) and while he's not willing to divulge what the game is yet, he's confirmed it's not a new fighter.

"It'd be more fun if we made something new, right?" said Itagaki.

"Yeah, we did all what we can do for a fighting game," added Katsunori Ehara, one of Itagaki's principle designers at the new company. "We have no more reasons to make another fighting game."

Itagaki seemed uncomfortable committing to a single platform for his new game. In the past, Itagaki has produced Tecmo games exclusively -- though sometimes only timed exclusives -- for Xbox 360. He said he's "trying to be flexible in that respect," but he does have "many good friends [at Microsoft's Xbox team] too, and being in a comfortable environment is best."

As someone who's never been able to get into the Ninja Gaiden games -- fighters aren't my thing and Ninja Gaiden may as well be a fighting game disguised as an action game -- I'm curious to see what Itagaki does next. Another hardcore action game would certainly please his fans, but I'd probably never play it.


Tomonobu Itagaki Working On New Game And It's Not A Fighter


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