Ninja Gaiden creator Tomonobu Itagaki’s nasty fallout (and subsequent legal battle) with his former employer Tecmo over unpaid completion bonuses was one of the more surprising events in recent gaming history. And while Itagaki certainly has plenty to feel bitter, frustrated and upset about with regards to his former employer, he appears to hold no ill will towards his old development team, Team Ninja.
During an interview with 1UP, Itagaki was asked about the upcoming Team Ninja-developed Metroid: The Other M for the Wii, and he responded:
Ok. So it’s not the most glowing of blessings, but it sounds genuine enough. And considering that Itagaki’s beef was with Tecmo, not his former team, the kind words are hardly surprising. When asked about his own super-secret project, Itagaki was understandably dodgy on the details. However, I for one hold no grudges against Mr. Itagaki for remaining tightlipped about his next game, and I wish nothing but the best for him in the future.