Itagaki fans, dry those tears. Devil’s Third may still be released, thanks to a deal signed with Doobic, developer of Combat Arms. Earlier this month, THQ symbolically handed the IP back to Tomonobu Itagaki and Valhalla Studios, amid the ailing publisher’s concerns about profitability.
Itagaki refused to simply accept the news, making an announcement of his own: That Valhalla would turn the Devil’s Third IP from a single game into a fully blown multimedia franchise. There was just one problem: No publisher.
That’s all changed now though, with Valhalla CEO Satoshi Kanematsu announcing a “mutual technical collaboration contract” with Doobic, with the Korean company coming on-board to help finish the game – and help hunt down someone to actually print the game. The new entity will be known, unsurprisingly, as Valhalla&Doobic Co., Ltd..
Potentially, the game may not need a third-party publisher quite so soon, with Doobic starting work on a tablet version of the game, alongside a PC rendition for home gamers. Either way, the combination will hopefully be enough to convince a new company to take a chance on Devil’s Third (which, by the way, is the first game in a new IP, in case you were confused).