One of the most visible and interesting gaming icons, Tobanobu Itagaki, is leaving Tecmo due to a falling out with its president. Apparently Itagaki is taking is boss to court over cash that did not make its way to the now former Team Ninja head. Now I am going to not get into so much the politics here, more on what this announcement means to me.
Over the years as a gamer, it seems with every great moment or triumph there are also low or disappointing points. I would definitely at this time classify this as a low point. I have been a Team Ninja and Itagaki fan for many years now, and with Itagaki off of such future projects as DOA 5, Code Chronus, Ninja Gaiden, etc. We will be left to wonder what might have been. The DOA universe is a very interesting place, and as it was Itagaki’s baby, even if Team Ninja soldiers on without him, it will certainly never be the same. DOA is truly D-O-A.
On a positive note, who knows where Itagaki will land or what is next project will be. Perhaps a fresh start and a fresh idea will take Itagaki to new gaming heights, perhaps he will even end up at Microsoft…one never knows. I am sure many of us will be watching to see where this ninja lands.