During a recent interview with 1UP
, ex-Tecmo employee and leather lover Tomonobu Itagaki
(along with comrades Hiroaki Matsui, Katsunori Ehara, and Yoshifuru Okamoto) iterated that he is returning to gaming, and will be backed up by a brand new team on a project for a future game. Unfortunately, we won't see anything on this new game at next week's E3
, although Itagaki did confirm he would be in attendance.
The new company is tentatively called "Tokyo Vikings" (how ... appropriate
) and is largely comprised of ex-Team Ninja staff, including a majority of the folks who worked on Ninja Gaiden 2
. Surprisingly, his new team even managed to snag some key character designers from Virtua Fighter 5
Itagaki was overall pretty tight-lipped about the new team and its mystery project, but did confirm that it wouldn't be a fighting game, as Itagaki is sure he's hit the ceiling there with Dead or Alive 4
. He wouldn't comment on whether it would be an Xbox 360 exclusive, or heading to other consoles such as the PS3, but his past affiliations with Microsoft might suggest a likely path for his future games.