Earlier today, a report claimed that Nintendo of America was backing out of publishing Devil’s Third, an upcoming Wii U game from Ninja Gaiden designer Tomonobu Itagaki. Now, Itagaki himself has responded to the rumor. In a Facebook post titled “Calm down,” Itagaki said, “Which do you believe: me or such site?”
Itagaki did not mention Nintendo of America by name or offer specific about the status of Devil’s Third. Instead, he said, “The world brims over with lies and rumors. Thanks always, mates.”
Nintendo of America has not commented on this rumor yet.
Back in June, Itagaki and his development team at Valhalla Game Studios released a new gameplay trailer for Devil’s Third and announced that it would launch at the end of August in Europe. A release date for North America has not been announced, but the Devil’s Third game page on Nintendo’s website lists the title as “TBD.”
Devil’s Third, which combines shooting and hack-and-slash elements, was originally going to be published by the now-defunct publisher THQ. At the time, it was anXbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC game, but later shifted to become a Nintendo-exclusive.
Even if Nintendo does decide to no longer publish Devil’s Third in North America, which wouldn’t be unprecedented, it’s always possible another company could step in.