Ex-Team Ninja head honcho Tomonobu Itagaki is often considered to be the rock star of the video game industry. You'll never find him without those shades, and last year's scandal involving a young woman (and Tecmo employee) who alleged sexual misconduct against Itagaki only heightened his "bad boy" status.
And now, he's taking on the competition and firing off a few potshots. During a recent 1Up interview , Itagaki put Bayonetta creator from Platinum Games, Hideki Kamiya, in the cross-hairs. If you're not familiar, Bayonetta is the promising hack 'n slash, high-octane action title featuring the leggy, curvaceous heroine, Bayonetta. Kamiya is responsible for many other great character designs in the past, including Dante from Capcom's popular Devil May Cry franchise, and that same DMC flash and panache can be seen in early footage for Bayonetta . But Itagaki, responsible for the similar action franchise Ninja Gaiden , isn't impressed.
"If I made a similar game as a game I made in the company I quit, people would say, ‘What an idiot, can’t he make anything else?’ Well, that is more or less the opinion I have for, uh, that Bayo-something game."
And as for that character design, which everyone seems to like so much, Itagaki retorted:
"Covered in hair, is she? I dunno, Mr. Kamiya must have a lot going through his head. Well, in any case, I would first recommend laser eye surgery. I’m sure he’s not that strapped for cash, right?"
Geez. Looks like something got under the skin of Itagaki, and we're wondering if he has a rocky history with Kamiya. Then again, it could just be the customary Itagaki response, as he never hesitates to be both abrupt and in-your-face. We're not even sure if his assessment is correct; would people call him an "idiot" if he made another fast and furious action title that just so happened to resemble Ninja Gaiden ? Everyone, gamers and critics alike, tend to love those games, so…maybe not?
Related Game(s): Bayonetta