. Some of you may praise him, others just wish he would go away; I really like his shades. Despite whatever you may have heard or think of him, he has been one of the main figures in the creation of the Dead or Alive
and revival of the Ninja Gaiden
series. He is also notorious for being outspoken with his criticisms against other companies, developers and games. Yet despite any negatives no one can deny the work and dedication he puts toward his games.
Back in June of 2008, Right before the release of Ninja Gaiden II
Itagaki announced his resignation from Tecmo, thus ending his 16 year career with the company. He also filed a lawsuit against Tecmo, in Itagaki's words the lawsuit centered on "unpaid completion bonuses" as well as "unreasonable and disingenuous statements" by now former Tecmo President, Yoshimi Yasuda.
Now it seems both parties have come together and settled things nicely. The exact details of the out of court settlement are at this time unknown but Itagaki has released this statement to 1UP.comTomonobu Itagaki
To Whom It May Concern
Regarding Settlement With Tecmo, Ltd:
I, Tomonobu Itagaki, announce that a settlement was amicably reached on February 26th, 2010 upon a mutual agreement with respect to the lawsuit for remuneration, etc. that I filed against Tecmo, Ltd. claiming the payment of unpaid remuneration, and unpaid wages, and payment of compensation for dismissal, etc.
To All of My Fans:
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your great help and words of encouragement which have been extended to me so far. I can't hardly wait for the day of announcing my newest work in progress to you all, but I promise you now that I will deliver to you an enjoyable game with depth that surpasses all the games I created before, and is worthy of being world-class entertainment.
Please continue your unwavering support for me.
There you have it, straight from the man himself. While I can't say I recommend conducting business in the same manner and I certainly do not agree with every statement he makes toward other developers, this man's games have never disappointed me. The action and style of the DOA series, the intensity and difficulty of Ninja Gaiden and even the mindless fun of Beach Volleyball really have defined what I look for in games and I can't help but anticipate any future projects Itagaki is involved in