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Ninja Gaiden II Creator Itagaki quits, sues Tecmo

Tomonobu Itagaki While Ninja Gaiden II is being welcomed with open arms in India and will soon be rolled out globally, the game’s creator Tomonobu Itagaki has decided to say Sayonara to Tecmo. And as though that’s not shocking enough, reports also note that Itagaki has decided to sue Tecmo’s president.

On Monday, the Japanese media received a statement which mentioned that Itagaki had filed a lawsuit against Tecmo and had dragged its president Yoshimi Yasuda to court, reports 1up.com. The reason behind the suit being that Yasuda has failed to pay Itagaki the promised bonus for the completion of the Dead or Alive 4 game title.

In the statement, Itagaki says, “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.”

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Addressing to all the Game Fans, Itagaki stated, “I truly feel sorry to all the fans of the games I have made. Ninja Gaiden 2, 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. However, I can no longer continue to work with President Yoshimi Yasuda, a man who chooses not to honor promises even when he is able to do so. I truly hope that nothing like this happens again in the future,” reports 1up.com.

July 1, 2008 will be the Japanese video game designer’s last day with Tecmo.

Tomonobu Itagaki has played a key role in the resurrection of the Ninja Gaiden series and the several Dead or Alive games.

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