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    Itagaki Resigns
    As Ninja Gaiden II hits stores, creator sues Tecmo and says goodbye to Team Ninja.
    by Hilary Goldstein

    June 2, 2008
    - If you're going to leave a company, be sure to slam the door on your way out. Tomonobu Itagaki, the man behind Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive, announced in a formal statement that he has resigned from his role at Tecmo.

    Stating that Tecmo failed to pay him bonuses owed for Dead or Alive 4, Itagaki leaves with a strong public letter, which you can read below. Itagaki's future is unknown.

    Statement

    I, Tomonobu Itagaki, hereby announce that on the 14th of May 2008 I filed a complaint in the Tokyo District Court against Tecmo Co., Ltd. for unpaid completion bonuses, and against the President of Tecmo, Yoshimi Yasuda, for such unlawful acts as unreasonable and disingenuous statements made towards me, claiming damages in total of 148 million yen. I also announce that this complaint was delivered to the defendants on May 22nd of the same year.

    In addition, I hereby announce that I have today submitted a letter of resignation to Tecmo Co., Ltd. stating that I will resign as of the 1st of July, 2008.

    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.

    The conduct of Tecmo Co., Ltd. and its president Yoshimi Yasuda towards me has been unbefitting of a publicly-listed company.

    I have filed this lawsuit with a strong intent to question the social responsibility of Tecmo Co., Ltd. and its President Yoshimi Yasuda, as well as condemning them for their unjust acts. Today, in addition to announcing the reasons for this lawsuit, I make clear my reasons for resigning.

    To All Game Fans

    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.


    Tecmo Co., Ltd. Creative Officer
    Leader, Team NINJA

    Tomonobu Itagaki

    Update: Tecmo and Team Ninja have been an important Japanese developer for Microsoft's Xbox business over the years. After Itagaki announced his split with Tecmo, Microsoft's Japan staff issued this statement:

    "Tomonobu Itagaki has decided to leave Tecmo and Team NINJA to pursue other opportunities. We thank Tomonobu Itagaki for the many years he has supported Xbox as he has contributed immensely to the success of the videogame industry as a whole."
    HOLY DRAMA!! That really sucks that the most important part of Team Ninja just left the company. Possibly one of the most devestating blows to hit the industry since Sakaguchi left Square.
    One convienient location...... somewhere in Africa.

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    Team NINJA and Tecmo own the rights to the game, not Itagaki. The series may still go on.
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    • #3
      On June 3, 2008, Tomonobu Itagaki, Executive Producer of Tecmo, LTD.(Tokyo, Japan) owned development studio Team NINJA, submitted his resignation. Due to the fact that he had recently filed a legal complaint against Tecmo, LTD., there was no choice but to accept his resignation. His resignation is effective July 1, 2008.

      The legal complaint is in regards to a claim to an incentive bonus linked to a past project. The parties could not reach an amicable resolution to this matter and Itagaki chose to seek a legal remedy. Tecmo, LTD. will let the court decide the outcome of this case and will seek a true, fair, and quick resolution.

      Most importantly, Tecmo, LTD. would like to assure its loyal fans that Team NINJA, known for its top selling and critically acclaimed Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive franchises, is intact and, as a matter of fact, have several new projects already underway. Team NINJA is, more than ever, committed to producing compelling and cutting edge games in order to maintain its reputation as a high quality developer and to continue to receive the support of its loyal fans.
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      • #4
        Ninja Gaiden 2 could of been the best action game ever with a better camera.The weapons and brutality are something else the bloodiest game ever but it has the gameplay to match.

        People have been talkin about Gears 2,Alan Wake etc. but this is an unsung hero for the 360 and its up there with God of war.

        http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=T4E5Ka...e=channel_page
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6hG7...e=channel_page

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        • #5
          Report: 'Team Ninja' Follows Leader Out of Tecmo

          By Chris Kohler June 15, 2008 | 9:42:39 PMCategories: Game Development, Japan



          Looks like the departure of Ninja Gaiden II director Tomonobu Itagaki from Tecmo is going to be more like a mass exodus.

          1up.com, whose Team Ninja confidant James Mielke broke the story about Itagaki's departure last week, reported Sunday that three dozen other members of the Team Ninja development group are getting ready to turn in their badges. Interestingly enough, it also seems as if all three dozen will follow their leader's footsteps and file suit against Tecmo for unpaid bonus royalties.

          One more interesting note from the 1up story: Tecmo may have violated Japanese law by not immediately reporting Itagaki's lawsuit when he originally filed it on May 14.

          Itagaki's last day with Tecmo is July 1.

          Rumor: Three Dozen Team Ninja Members Leaving With Itagaki [1up]
          OH SNAP!!! now all of Team Ninja has left. AND more ex-employees are comming forward and suing as well. TECMO has royal fucked themselves and their shareholders over. This completely sucks.
          One convienient location...... somewhere in Africa.

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          • #6
            man these idiots need to stfu and make more Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive games. With Itagaki out the games don't all have to be 360 exclusives. I hope no-one else leaves and Tecmo gets out of this
            Originally posted by FunkySuicideGirl
            Ima sucker when some suck my lip or bite in it
            Originally posted by Syko Squidge
            ^
            fuck off you gay piece of cunt
            Originally posted by Otto
            That shit is fuck,

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