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THQ Won’t Be Publishing Devil’s Third
Tomonobu Itagaki’s upcoming action game, Devil’s Third, will no longer be published by troubled firm THQ the company informed Eurogamer today.
“THQ confirms that the company will not be publishing Devil’s Third,” the publisher said. “All of the game’s IP rights have been returned to Itagaki-san and the Valhalla team,” a spokesperson added.
THQ’s confirmation came after Tomonobu Itagaki was quoted by the latest Famitsu Xbox 360 magazine as saying “we now own the Devil’s Third IP”.
“Most important thing is gamers’ happiness. And people in business side like distributers and presses. And developers. It’s a Happy Three. So we can’t thank THQ enough. Anyway, we now own the Devil’s Third IP,” he informed Famitsu.
“THQ confirms that the company will not be publishing Devil’s Third. All of the game’s IP rights have been returned to Itagaki-san and the Valhalla team.”
“Devil’s Third development is in its final stage now, and is most expensive in this term. In the West, we need to spend a great deal for advertisements – as much as development cost – to sell a lot. But it wasn’t fit for [THQ’s] mid-term plan.
“They didn’t want to part with this IP, but we all have to see into the future and at last they did, for us.
“We were anguished and they were really kind to us. Mr. Danny Bilson was searching for a way to work together until the very end. I do appreciate him and THQ managers that signed the transfer contract.”
Itagaki’s Valhalla studio has been working on Devil’s Third since 2009 and the gamer for formally announced in 2010. The title currently does not have a release date.
The veteran developer has previously worked on the Ninja Gaiden series and established the Dead or Alive franchise.