Ninja Gaiden and Tomonobu Itagaki of Dead or Alive have started a new studio

Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive director Tomonobu Itagaki have created a new studio – Itagaki Games – and said that “it would be an honor for me” to work with Microsoft again. Itagaki shared the news on Facebook and revealed that it was about to be announced a part of a recent Bloomberg article, but was omitted “due to its character limits”.

He discusses how, leaving the Valhalla Game Studio of Devils Third for the last four years, which he co-founded, he has been teaching game development to the younger generation. However, he now feels that he “wants to make a game again and just set up a company for that purpose.”He further explained that while Itagaki Games is not part of any TechMo or Vallah Games Studio, he would not be against working with Microsoft again.

“I know Microsoft is still aggressive,” Itagaki said. “If they reach me, it will be an honor for me.”

Multiple Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive titles under Itagaki were Xbox exclusive, so the established relationship already exists.
After the release of Ninja Gaiden 2 in 2008, Itagaki resigned from Takemo and filed a lawsuit against the company and its president Yoshimi Yasuda over unpaid bonuses.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst And twitch.

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