Tomonobu Itagaki, leggendario volto della vecchia scuola di Tecmo e autore di Dead or Alive e Ninja Gaiden, ha annunciato sui suoi profili social di esseri dimesso dal ruolo di director e chief technical officer presso gli studi di Valhalla Game Studios, il team indipendente da lui fondato per la creazione del controverso titolo Devil’s Third.
Questa decisione coincide con il suo 50esimo compleanno e a seguito di un sommarsi di capitomboli mediatici piuttosto importanti sia a livello di pubbliche relazioni che per quanto concerne le vendite del suo ultimo progetto, considerato da molti l’esclusiva Wii U meno interessante dell’intera line up (QUI trovate la mia recensione). In calce il messaggio, in lingua inglese, scritto direttamente da Itagaki-sensei.
Hey everyone, the time has finally come where I can talk about what’s been going on with me. The reason I’ve been silent for this long is because I’ve been waiting for this day.
As of today, I’ll be moving on from my position as Representative Director of Valhalla Game Studios and take up the role of Prime Advisor. At the same time, I’ll also begin working together and creating games with a number of studios around the world.
With my 50th birthday marking a major milestone in my life, I’ve decided I want to change the way I work. My birthday is April 1st – this picture was taken just before that, making it the last picture of me in my 40’s. It was taken at Kiyosumi Garden in Tokyo by a friend of mine who is a professional cameraman.
Look at the cherry blossoms ready to blossom.
There are a lot of developers all around the world just like this.
I want to help them bloom.
You can find young, passionate developers in any country on the globe with aspirations and passion, the drive that makes them say “I’m gonna make an awesome game!!”. Starting from now on, I want to share with these young developers my own experiences and knowledge and help them build their games together.
This comes a bit sudden and I’m sure many of you may be surprised. An official press release will be out shortly, so please read that as well.
Phew, that felt great to finally get off my chest! I’m really looking forward to the future with you all!