There seems to be a bit of a willful disconnect among Nintendo fans regarding Devil’s Third, its release in NA, and the quality of the game. This is going to be one of those titles that may cause a lot of friction within the community, and the aim of this blog may be put to the test, and honestly, I look forward to that challenge.
As more details come to light about this game a lot of negative information has surfaced. The developer, Mr. Tomonobu Itagaki, has taken the chance to address a lot of the remarks. During a recent interview with Japanese gaming magazine, Famitsu, Itagaki-san presented his work and allowed the game to defend itself against what appeared to be overwhelming negative reviews pouring in before the game could get off the ground.
ITAGAKI: Thank you. There’s a lot I want to talk about today, but my policy for the last 25 years has been that games are meant to be played, so before we start this interview I’d like you to give the game a try. I know we’ve just started, but I’ve got a completed copy of Devil’s Third here set up for you—please give it a go.
FAMITSU: [I play through the first stage of Devil’s Third, which also acts as its tutorial.]
ITAGAKI, after watching me complete the stage: How did you like it?
FAMITSU: It felt great! Being able to perform such exciting actions so easily makes me think it was one of your major focus points for your tuning. I played pretty slow [laughs], but I could feel it was really easy to play, and I really appreciated the thoughtfulness of the frequent auto-saves. I feel even players who have never played an action or a shooter could easily follow the game, while at the same time being a really enjoyable experience for seasoned players. I also felt a lot of thought went into all these areas. Being able to configure the controls was great and everything felt very natural.
Itagaki-san’s development studio, Valhalla Studios also released a comprehensive press release (link below under credits) in order to give fans a run-down of how the game will be distributed in North America. Nintendo of America, has decided to publish the title in North America for Wii U to be released in the 4th quarter of calendar year 2015.
In an effort to spread the game content to more people around the world, Valhalla Studios will pick up the publishing for a PC port of the multiplayer mode titled Devil’s Third Online. This version will be free-to-play, and is made possible due to a prior agreement between Nintendo and Valhalla Studios. It will be interesting to see how well that does for the company in getting the game into more hands.
TiLMEN of NiNTENDOMiNATiON got his hands on the Japanese version (via download to his JP Wii U) which released on August 4, and shared with us lots of footage from both the single player campaign, as well as multiplayer online play. The single player campaign footage is a whopping 75 minutes of play, and the multiplayer footage is a solid 35 minutes.
He also gave his personal impressions of the game after having spent a little time with it.
I can truly appreciate this take on the game, because even though it’s not overwhelmingly positive, it is an INFORMED critique, and honestly is a pretty good sign that the game is not bad, at all.
At the end of the day, the purpose of the games is to play them, and individually, it is certainly for each of us to be sure we form our own opinions about these games. As time has gone on, a lot of people have given up on this title, but I’m starting to expect the game to be as fun as it has been promised to be by Itagaki-san, himself. I’m not looking to attempt to convince anyone, one way or the other about whether they like the game. I am however, hoping to persuade anyone reading this to at least wait to see and give your own thoughts more weight that other people’s.
Many people were asking for the English-language version of the launch trailer and Nintendo UK finally shared theirs at Gamescom on Wednesday morning, local time. Have a look:
Looks like it’s going to be a fun game to me.
As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!!
- Valhalla Studios Press Release