Tecmo Koei has made its name in the West with two key franchises: Dead Or Alive and Ninja Gaiden.
This year, however, things have changed: The creative visionary behind those two titles, Tomonobu Itagaki, has gone.
Its big hope in the short-term rests on the shoulders of Quantum Theory - a Gears-esque, post-apocalyptic third-person shooter, screens of which can be seen dotted around this page.
Other titles in its locker 2010 include God Of War challenger Warriors: Legends Of Troy, and the poorly received Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce.
CVG caught up with the publisher's senior managing director Yoshiki Sugiyama to ask all about the firm's for the rest of the year...