Dead Or Alive Creator Launches His Own Game Company

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Tomonobu Itagaki made his name creating Dead or Alive and designing Ninja Gaiden games. After leaving Koei Tecmo, he founded Valhalla Game Studios, releasing Devil’s Third. Now, he’s back with a new company.


Itagaki was interviewed for a larger Bloomberg piece on the Xbox in Japan. He was, of course, one of the first Japanese game developers to make games for Xbox and continued to support the Microsoft consoles during his time at Koei Tecmo.

His comments were edited down, but he posted the interview in full on his Facebook page. Itagaki goes into depth about Xbox and his remarks are worth reading in full. However, he ends with this:

Twenty years have passed since then, and I established my own company, Itagaki Games, which is not Tecmo, nor Valhalla. I know Microsoft is still aggressive. If they reach out to me, it will be an honor for me.

In case you missed it, read Kotaku’s review of Devil’s Third right here.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.


DOA went from ‘It’s only an Xbox Exclusive franchise’ when Itagaki was helming the series to ‘It’s a cross-platform and very, very, VERY expensive doll dressing simulator’ when Itagaki left