Dead or Alive creator and Ninja Gaiden director Tomonobu Itagaki has revealed he's established a new company for making games, and would be "honoured" if Xbox reached out to him about an acquisition attempt.
Itagaki made these comments in an interview published on his personal Facebook page (originally conducted by Bloomberg), where he explained why he originally signed a deal with Xbox in the first place.
Q: What if, Microsofts said they want to make your company one of Microsoft studios?
A: "Haha, I would start again with questions that I made to Seamus two decades ago. Back then, I asked him, are you confident that you will beat PS2? He said yes. Xbox is called “Project Midway” and I’ll gain the supremacy with it. That’s why I trusted him and actually created Xbox-exclusive games for about 10 years. 20 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."
Itagaki, who produced and/or directed multiple Dead or Alive titles in the 2000s, as well as Ninja Gaiden (2004), Ninja Gaiden Black and Ninja Gaiden II, noted that you can "count" on him making games for Xbox in the future.
"For the past four years, I’ve been teaching job to foster juniors, but now I feel like I want to make a game again and just established a company for that purpose.
Q: Oh! That’s great news. I am sure a lot of Xbox fans are awaiting for your work!
A: You can count me for that. Otherwise I wouldn’t have accepted an interview for this Xbox article."
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