Koei president Kenji Matsubara has told reporters that former Tecmo man, and creator of the Ninja Gaiden series, Tomonobu Itagaki, will not be returning to the company following its merger with Koei next year.
Hehe, love some gaming industry drama =)
Koei ... Dynasty Warriors ... nuff said ... Why doesn't Microsoft give Itagaki his own studio? Damn, Microsoft, the guy has been there since day 1. Dead or Alive 3 launch title for Xbox 1!!! You idiots rake him in already.
I bet behind closed doors Itagaki is working with Microsoft, he is what would be dubbed a Xbox fanboy by N4Gers (And its not me calling him that, he has stated it time and time again he hates working on the PS3, he called Sigma the worst). I'm surprised Koei/Tecmo would say this, they obviously over appreciate themselves too much. But if he was offered a spot I doubt he would take it after essentially being disgraced out of the job by his boss.
@1.1 It's a matter of taste, i never remember anyone raving to the heavens that ng2 was the greatest game ever. You don't enjoy dynasty/samurai warrior games fine, i own sigma and still am not that impressed by it. Koei leaves dw/sw mostly the same not to piss off their fans with bad choices, so each is very similar to the last one. So what excuse did ninja gaiden 2 have from barely looking better than sigma a last gen remade port?
It's better than the fanboy drama that takes place here! Oops, I'll probably lose another bubble for saying that... Haha! Would help MS out to give him his own studio in japan, and allow him to create freely! He is probably their best bet at trying to crack open japan!
I'm sure he'll have something to say about this. He's not one to keep his mouth shut.
Hmm, I wonder if this is really a good move for Koei.
Thats what you get for walking out..
If you walk out, you're not welcome there? No sh!t...How is this news? Surely the fact that he resigned means he doesn't wanna work with Tecmo...
but the guy is talented... just give him a chance to act right, if not fire his ass.
I believe gaming jobs such as his would require contracts, not salary or hourly. Firing him might require the company to pay whats agreed on the contract unless there is a prenup lol. Because of his track record with his previous employer, i dont think anyone in Japan wants to hire a person who is egotistical. Not to stereotype, but the Japanese have honor which he had shown none.
Honor... hahaha... you gotta quit watchin them samurai movies man! You gotta accept the fact that people there have evolved like we have in the U.S. and Euro, and some of their old traditions and ways of thinking have died off! I don't think anyone there still walks around saying stuff like, "You have insulted my clan... Now I will fight you to regain my honor!" That's as bad as people in japan saying americans are all loud mouths, wear levi jeans, and only listen to rock music... Wait a minute... That is what they think!
Its nothing like a samurai movie. Try buying a clock as a buisness present to Asians. Try not drinking and unwilling to wait more than 2 hours for the Russians when conducting buisness talks. Try shaking your left hand with an Indian when making buisness proposals. All those examples would probably get you fired since you lost the contract. Im sorry but your statement was naive to think everyone conducts the same manner or buisness just because you live in the States.
I think he will work with Microsoft Game Studios in the future.
Of course not with their new Sony only strategy on the way... /sarcasm Truth is he's a brilliant developer who will no doubt find a great place to showcase his work. no matter what system it is on or is not on.
The truth is the game industry is cruel in itself. You are only as good as your next game Here are some examples -The creator of Final Fantasy (back when the series meant something and before the age of idiot CEOs named Yoichi Wada) leaves square and creates both Blue Dragon and Lost Oddessey. Both games are considered lackluster and/or average at best. So now people in the industry see him as just any other developer rather than a great creator -Silicon Knights, another example. Through their history they've made some REALLY damn good games. But the moment Too Human came out, not only were fans mocking them, but even some of their developer peers. My point is yeah sure, Itagaki gave the world the new-age Ninja Gaiden (notice I said new age since the series did exist on NES and Arcades before Itagaki remade it) And DOA. But we can't be sure if his next project will be a success or not
You're point fails when you wept 'idiot CEOs named Yoichi Wada.' Why's he an idiot? Let me guess, cos he took FF13 away from just you and it's made you all upset awwww. Clearly this is best for the company (as it will sell loads on 360) so it's a good decision for the CEO to have taken. But yeah he's an idiot and gave my exclusive to another console waaaaaaaaa!!!
First off unlike you (seemingly) I have all three consoles. So I don't need to live in fanboy bubbles like yourself. So I don't need to "weep". You might want to stop thinking everyone thinks like YOU do. Broaden your horizons a little child. Secondly, he's an idiot because the moment he took over the company the quality of their products have been shot to sh!t. And now he's threatening his employees. And the lowering of quality didn't start this gen. There were some sign of things to come evident in the last gen as well. You tell me, what SMART business man sacrifices quality and the respect of their workers ALONG WITH having reduce profits? So next time, don't assume. It saves you from looking stupid
BURN. I guess thats what he gets for being a "Senior Super Douche" lol. I'm sure he'd be welcome at MGS.
Hey, I remember playing MK2 against you not too long ago. Or was that SF2 Turbo HD?
from a friend of mine who has worked with him.. Said that the main thing with itagaki was he made working hard for them. The whole process of making ninja gaiden sigma for the ps3 was a nightmare... itagaki taunted the developers and the new producer in charge.. he really only supported microsoft's systems.. he looked down on Sony and Nintendo... so this was a good thing, this way Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden and other games will be made availble to other systems... and to a much broader audience
"so this was a good thing, this way Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden and other games will be made availble to other systems... and to a much broader audience." haha I wish people were this reasonable in the Square Enix threads. I'm sure Itagaki San will miss working on Dynasty Warriors XXXXIIIIXXXIII.
Thats what you get pizza face.
idiots not his fault he wasn't getting payed what he was owed
I just want this guy to return to the game industry so I can play more of the awesome game he creates. In my opinion Ninja Gaiden has the best battle system of any action game to date.
but the tragedy of it is, video game dev teams success depends on the work and creative input of MANY, not just one public icon. Itagaki might get his own studio, but without the backbone crew nothing he may do will match his success with Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden. For an example, Micheal Jordan was the greatest basketball player ever to exist, but without the strong team and teamwork from the other Chicago Bulls memebers he could not have won so many championships and that was very evident when he tried a comeback with the Wizards. Although the team might have more success without Itagaki, only time will tell.
go to microsoft dumbfvck! you belong there! hahahaah!!! fool!
Well, with the lawsuit that he brought against them that may have been justified and all... well, someone may harbor some animosity agaist him... I'm just sayin...
ms buy this dude
won't miss this guy that much. The games all look the samein visual style. They should remake DoA now. NG2 had some major technical issues. I played sigma more, t was rock solid.
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