Tomonobu Itagaki Returns With New Game, New Team

Tomonobu Itagaki Returns With New Game, New Team

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Outspoken developer Tomonobu Itagaki is back and working on a new game with a team built of the core members of Team Ninja. He also has no respect for the swine flu.

What has Tomonobu Itagaki been up to since resigning from Tecmo last June? Partying with swimsuit models? Drinking 24/7? The answer is a bit more pedestrian, as he explained in an interview with 1UP. Itagaki, apparently, has taken up photography and, uh, is designing scale models. Oh, and he's making a new game, too.

"Game making is my true calling," Itagaki said. "I'm aware that I have fans all around the world waiting for me. The rest I leave up to your imagination."

So no word on what exactly Itagaki's making, but rest assured, he's doing it in good company. The staff of his new team, which is apparently big enough to have a game of American football with, includes key members of the Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden teams, and even some new talent from Sega, transplanted from the Virtua Fighter staff.

Itagaki having a history of producing Xbox 360 exclusives, it'd be natural to assume this mystery game's going to be on Microsoft's system, right? "I'm trying to be flexible in that respect, but I do feel that the Xbox 360 still has a lot of potential that I haven't been able to play with yet," Itagaki said.

So everything is shrouded in mystery at this point. Itagaki, will, however, be on hand at the upcoming E3, so maybe he'll drop a hint or two while he's there. Unlike many of his Japanese counterparts, Itagaki clearly isn't concerned about the risks involved with international travel.

"I would be surprised if the [swine flu] had the guts to get in my way," he said. "In terms of floating particles, I'm more annoyed by the dust that gets on my Digital SLR imager."

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Although it is relatively serious the swine flu comments were pretty funny. Simply because everyone else is too afraid to say it. Just wash your hands and cover your mouth when you sneeze!

YEAH! MY MAN IS BACK!

Tomonobu Itagaki FTW! :D

Itagaki you crazy, crazy man.

I didn't miss him...but I didn't really play his games, so at least this makes his fans happy.

Allow me to make a prediction on the new Itagaki game

It includes:
- Scantily clad women in dominatrix gear
- Ridiculous amounts of violence
- High difficulty level
- Cheesy B-movie plot

Any other guesses?

tendo82:
Allow me to make a prediction on the new Itagaki game

It includes:
- Scantily clad women in dominatrix gear
- Ridiculous amounts of violence
- High difficulty level
- Cheesy B-movie plot

Any other guesses?

Huge tits.

You know, I'd be inclined to give a shit if this guy was one tenth as talented as he seems to think he is. I'm not marginalising his games (despite them being nothing but softcore porn simulators and some of the worst blights on the industry. Oh, and Ninja Gaiden), but it seems that the only real common thread between his games, his trademark if you will, is that they serve as pretty much the peak of sexism in games - and that is saying something. David Jaffe brings insanity and a real creativity to his games - I just don't think we really need to lend our ears to a man who just brings his collection of hentai.

Dude, whats up with his face...

Indigo_Dingo:
You know, I'd be inclined to give a shit if this guy was one tenth as talented as he seems to think he is. I'm not marginalising his games (despite them being nothing but softcore porn simulators and some of the worst blights on the industry. Oh, and Ninja Gaiden), but it seems that the only real common thread between his games, his trademark if you will, is that they serve as pretty much the peak of sexism in games - and that is saying something. David Jaffe brings insanity and a real creativity to his games - I just don't think we really need to lend our ears to a man who just brings his collection of hentai.

You are welcome to your opinion, and I choose to disagree with it.

You know with that name and that picture i had to look for a gender assigning word like "he" or "she" in this article to figure out what i was looking at. Oh and also i have no fucking clue who this guy (apparently) is so i say good for "him".

This guy always reminds me of Jackie Estacado... is that a bad thing?

 

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