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Valhalla's Devil's Third now a Wii U exclusive

Tomonobu Itagaki's troubled game is thrown a lifeline

Valhalla Game Studios' Devil's Third has emerged from the wilderness as a Wii U exclsuive.

According to Joystiq, which gleaned the information from an IGN livestream, the one-time multiplatform title will ultimately be released on Nintendo's console after more than two years of uncertainty.

Valhalla founder Tomonobu Itagaki, who is best known as the creator of the Ninja Gaiden franchise, said that Nintendo, "really understood my I really had to work for them."

In all likelihood, there may also be some practical concerns involved. Devil's Third was one of the casualties of the long, slow decline of THQ during 2012, leaving the game without a publisher in the middle of development. THQ then returned the rights to the franchise to Itagaki and Valhalla.

In the following July, Valhalla announced its intentions to release Devil's Third on "digital devices" in addition to consoles, before revealing a partnership with the Korean company Doobic to launch on PC and tablets.

Evidently, that deal no longer stands, and Valhalla Rising has become one of many titles - and no doubt the bloodiest - on Nintendo's growing Wii U release schedule.

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 6 years ago
You know, as janky as this looked in that IGN live demo, it made me laugh because it's gory as hell and goofy like a late 80's/early 90's action movie. It needs a lot more polish and I don't think it will be a "classic", but if it ends up being fun to play, I'll buy it at some point. No release date yet, so I hope Valhalla can at least get it looking better and playing smoother.
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