Itagaki Quits Tecmo, Part Deux

Tecmo of Japan has finally issued a statement regarding the recent resignation and public message posted by Tomonobu Itagaki, former game developer and creative head of Team Ninja.

On June 3, 2008, Tomonobu Itagaki, Executive Producer of Tecmo, LTD.(Tokyo, Japan) owned development studio Team NINJA, submitted his resignation. Due to the fact that he had recently filed a legal complaint against Tecmo, LTD., there was no choice but to accept his resignation. His resignation is effective July 1, 2008.

The legal complaint is in regards to a claim to an incentive bonus linked to a past project. The parties could not reach an amicable resolution to this matter and Itagaki chose to seek a legal remedy. Tecmo, LTD. will let the court decide the outcome of this case and will seek a true, fair, and quick resolution.

Most importantly, Tecmo, LTD. would like to assure its loyal fans that Team NINJA, known for its top selling and critically acclaimed Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive franchises, is intact and, as a matter of fact, have several new projects already underway. Team NINJA is, more than ever, committed to producing compelling and cutting edge games in order to maintain its reputation as a high quality developer and to continue to receive the support of its loyal fans.

What does this mean? Well, it’s gonna be messy, no matter how you cut it. In the end though, it’s just about whether Itagaki gets his money or not. In any case, he and Tecmo are DONE. On the other hand, this also seems to show that despite him leaving, the Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden franchises may continue (and indeed, may see some releases sooner than later). In my opinion, someone else at the helm on the next DOA may just be what the now-stale fighting game series needs.

We’ll just have to see in time if this all turns out for the better, at least for us gamers.


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