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Team Ninja: Ready For More

Tecmo is a publisher that has gradually built up its reputation on the back of quality software -- but it only had one superstar developer: Tomonobu Itagaki, the founder of its Team Ninja studio.

Of course, as everyone knows by now, in June this year Itagaki resigned from and sued the company. As everyone also knows, games are not made by one man: they're made by a competent team of individuals. Bearing both of these facts in mind, what's the future of Team Ninja?

To answer that question, Gamasutra sat down with Team Ninja producers Hitoshi Hasegawa, who has taken over leadership of the team that created the Dead Or Alive fighting game series, and Yosuke Hayashi, director of Ninja Gaiden Sigma (Team Ninja's other major franchise) for the PlayStation 3.

The conversation took in an evaluation of how the team has been evolving post-Itagaki, its views on the platforms at play in the current space, and -- after a Tokyo Game Show at which the studio showed no new games -- what the future holds in store for the high-profile developer.

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Theo Paphitis4027d ago

This is good news. Hopefully they will help Japan jump into next-gen. Although Itagaki is probably the actual Les Grossman, I hope they can manage without him.

va_bank4027d ago

They DID manage to make NG:Sigma without him. He said it himself.

Pennywise4027d ago

"For any developer that's been working on all of the platforms that are available today, I think they would agree that the PlayStation 3 is the most powerful system out there," he added, also touting Sony's top-notch developer support.

'nuff said.

Why o why4027d ago

gt5p to mgs to lbp to resistance. All technically pioneering in one way of the other. Ill add naruto ns in there for having anime realistic graphics which no other game has managed as of yet