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THQ has returned the rights to Valhalla Studios' action game Devil's Third. According to the game's creator, Tomonobu Itagaki, he's anguished by the move but grateful for the IP transfer.
The game's future at THQ was in doubt back in May, with reports that the creator of the game's engine folded and that the publisher had doubts that the game would be profitable.
"THQ confirms that the company will not be publishing Devil's Third," the publisher told Eurogamer. "All of the game's IP rights have been returned to Itagaki-san and the Valhalla team."
Itagaki explained in an interview with Famitsu magazine that he's appreciative of former THQ president Danny Bilson's efforts to keep the game alive. In the end, however, both sides agreed that transferring the contract back to Valhalla would be best for both companies.
Devil's Third is still in development, and Itagaki says it's entering its final stages.
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First! Looks like a cool game. Hope it gets picked up in U.S.
We need more popcorn games.
Its great to hear that Valhalla's work will not go to waste, and that they now have the ability to create further without worrying about their welfare and rights. It doesn't matter what you think about Itagaki or any of your presumptions about the new game, it is always bad when creative people lose their creative influence or when the entire project gets scrapped because of publisher woes and they lose years of work. Hopefully their next publisher will be able to see the endeavour through to the end.
I'm glad the rights were returned and really hope the game gets picked up by someone and actually released. I wouldn't want all this work to be thrown in the garbage, that would be a total shame.
Hope this move can keep THQ afloat a little longer and doesn't cause the opposite. This does raise some serious doubts about the quality of this game though.
damn i hope someone picks the game up :/
Somebody! Anybody! Publish the game!!!!
Well the game's still coming so that's good.
Entering It's final stages? Has anyone even SEEN any gameplay of this game at all? Being so super secretive is going to hurt this games sales if they don't give it a massive marketing push.
That guy's scar is ridiculous. As is just about all, If not all, Japanese games.