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Itagaki: No young blood for Japan

Dead Or Alive creator voices his concerns over the Japanese industry

Former Team Ninja boss Tomonobu Itagaki has spoken out over his concerns for the next generation of Japanese developers.

"It's terrible that there is no younger generation of prominent Japanese developers coming through," he told Kotaku at TGS.

"The young people of today should be confident. Even if that confidence comes from nowhere, you should act like it comes from somewhere."

The flamboyant Dead Or Alive developer, well known for speaking his mind, also said developers shouldn't be scared to take risks.

"Even the masters, like Picasso, can never please everybody. When you create something, there will always be people who don't like it. There are people who don't like what I make, and say bad things about them, and to me that's like a slap in the face."

"So young people need to be more confident, they have to be willing to crash into something ahead of them whether other people like it or not".

Itagaki is currently working on new game Devil's Third with his team at Valhalla Game Studios.

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