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[QUOTE]Ninja Gaiden II director Itagaki quits Tecmo
Team Ninja head Tomonobu Itagaki to sue Tecmo for 148 million yen ($1.4 million); quits company on eve of Ninja Gaiden II release.
By Randolph Ramsay, GameSpot AU
Posted Jun 3, 2008 3:08 am ET

Tomonobu Itagaki.

Tomonobu Itagaki--the controversial game designer behind the resurrected Ninja Gaiden series and the various Dead or Alive games--has quit Japanese dev company Tecmo. Itagaki's move comes on the eve of his latest game's release--Ninja Gaiden II--in the US, and just days before the game ships globally.

In a statement released to the media, Itagaki said he was leaving Tecmo due to unpaid bonuses, and that he is suing the Japanese company for 148 million yen ($1.4 million). The head of Team Ninja stated that his last day on the job will be on July 1, 2008.

"Before the start of development on Dead or Alive 4, Tecmo Co, Ltd, had agreed to pay a completion bonus to me for this Xbox 360 title, which I produced. However, when the time came for the actual payment, Tecmo Co, Ltd, went against its previous agreement and refused payment. President Yoshimi Yasuda chose not only to violate this agreement, but also turned defiant, telling me 'if you are dissatisfied with the decision not to pay the bonuses, either quit the company or sue it.' In addition, he made demeaning remarks about me to my subordinates and colleagues, causing me significant emotional distress and worsening my personal relationships and work environment. Thus, I have no choice but to resign from Tecmo Co, Ltd," the statement said.

Itagaki also addressed gamers directly in his statement, saying that he will never be able to make Dead or Alive 5.

"I truly feel sorry to all the fans of the games I have made. Ninja Gaiden II, which will launch on the 3rd of June will be the last Ninja Gaiden I will create. I will also never be able to make Dead or Alive 5. I regret the circumstances that have forced me to leave Tecmo, where I had worked for so many years, and I regret the disappointment this will cause my fans," he said.

Itagaki has had a colorful past in game design, with some critics lambasting his games for their highly sexualised portrayal of female characters. Itagaki himself was accused of sexual harassment in 2006, a claim which Tecmo rebuffed.

Check back with GameSpot soon for more updates to this story as it develops. [/QUOTE]


Interesting bit of news, sounds like the company didn't want him anymore and is trying to push him out, altho unless he wons part of the game franchise the games will go on without him despite him thinking otherwise.

FYI I get bad migraines from the nasty white articifal light in stores and use to wear sun glasses alot,I don't get out as much and don't have as many eye based headaches, but think abotu interview ligths and flashbulbs.....uhg I'd wear sun glasses 24/7 too..that and I am crazy too :P.


Ah modern gaming its like modern film only the watering down of fiction and characters is replaced with shallow and watered down mechanics, gimmicks and shiny-er "people".
Incoherence is my friend and grammar my bane, which is the fulcrum of suffering I place upon others!:ZippyDSMlee

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