Dead or Alive creator Tomonobu Itagaki thinks his next game Devil's Third will be the very best game anyone has ever made.
You have to give Tomonobu Itagaki credit: The man doesn't do many things halfway. Ninja Gaiden? Over-the-top violence and hyper-speed gameplay. Dead or Alive? Let's turn those jiggle physics all the way up! Upcoming third-person shooter Devil's Third? The best game ever made.
Well, that's what he says, anyway.
Speaking in the latest issue of Edge, Itagaki said that he was pleased with how the game, which he unveiled at this year's E3, was shaping up. The outspoken game designer admitted that some of his games (notably the recent Ninja Gaiden) had tended to lean towards "murderous" on the difficulty curve, but said that feedback from THQ testers was helping to keep Devil's Third firmly in the zone of accessibility.
Ninja Gaiden, it was absolutely intentional that it be that difficult. That game was a revival version of a classic game for old-school gamers, so I wanted to make the hardcore happy. Ninja Gaiden 2, though, I really wanted more people to enjoy that, but ... we ran out of time for balancing. That was a tragedy. Really.
"For Devil's Third, there's absolutely nothing to worry about. We've got support from THQ's testing team, and we're going to work really closely with those guys to balance out the game. It's going to be the best game ever."
Big words, Mr. Itagaki. Let's see if you can back them up.
I can't be the only one imagining a team-up project between him and Peter Molyneux now, can I?