Devil’s Third Rights Transfered from THQ to Itagaki
The publisher told Eurogamer:
“THQ confirms that the company will not be publishing Devil’s Third. All of the game’s IP rights have been returned to Itagaki-san and the Valhalla team.”
THQ’s confirmation comes in response to Tomonobu Itagaki’s statement in the latest issue of Famitsu Xbox 360 magazine that “we now own the Devil’s Third IP.”
Itagaki said (translated):
“Most important thing is gamers’ happiness. And people in business side like distributors and presses. And developers. It’s a Happy Three. So we can’t thank THQ enough. Anyway, we now own the Devil’s Third IP.
“Devil’s Third development is in its final stage now, and is most expensive in this term. In the West, we need to spend a great deal for advertisements – as much as development cost – to sell a lot. But it wasn’t fit for [THQ's] mid-term plan.
“They didn’t want to part with this IP, but we all have to see into the future and at last they did, for us.
“We were anguished and they were really kind to us. Mr. Danny Bilson was searching for a way to work together until the very end. I do appreciate him and THQ managers that signed the transfer contract.”
It’s nice to hear the transfer was under amiable terms.
Are you looking forward to Devil’s Third?