In an interview with Famitsu (published last week), Tomonobu Itagaki explained how he managed to perservere after so many setbacks during the development of Devil’s Third. For him, giving up was simply not an option: that would mean betraying the trust of all the people who supported him until now. He even went as far as to say that he would never have been able to work in the industry ever again had he given up.
Of course, he didn’t forget to thank the fans who have been supporting him for the past few years, and says it’s because of them (and not just Nintendo) that he’s been able to complete Devil’s Third.
Later in the interview, he explains that Devil’s Third is the product of everything he has learned while making games. He believes the game is packed with content, so much that the Single Player and the Multiplayer could have been sold separetely.
Here’s what he had to say about that:
“It’s got so much in it, I’ve made it so both its solo mode and multi-player mode each have enough to stand on their own as individual games. As a result, I’ve ended up keeping everyone waiting, but at last it’s shaped into something people can play, so once the game is out, let’s play it together.”
Story and gameplay
Devil’s Third takes place in an alternate present, where the world is under the menace of the “School of Democracy”. They’re a group of terrorists from Russia, who vowed to get their revenge on the West following the fall of communism. The main character, Ivan (named after the famous Tsars), was once part of this very terrorist group.
His companions in the group (led by a mysterious individual) are Big Mouse, Jane Doe, C4, Ludmilla and Grudla Saha. Unfortunately, after a while, they soon start to forget their purpose, and start killing people indiscriminately. In one mission, Big Mouse and his team uses chemical weapons in order to exterminate an entire city… civilians included.
This very event is what leads Ivan to rebel and he get branded as a traitor, to be executed. Thankfully, he gets rescued by the United Nations forces… before being sent to Guantanamo and sentenced to spend over 800 years in prison. But then, he signs a deal with the US government, so that he may help them put a stop to the School of Democracy.
Meanwhile, the School of Democracy keep on spreading terror around the world. One day, their most ambitious plan come to fruition, and all the satelites around Earth are destroyed. Because of that, warfare around the world is brought back to their World War 2 level, without electrical weaponry.
As far as gameplay is concerned, it’s all about the combination of First Person Shooting and brutal hack ‘n slash action. Depending on the weapons you use, Ivan does not play the same way: if he carries strong weapon, he’ll be slower and have trouble evading attacks. On the other hands, if he carries light weapons, he’ll be faster and able to evade attacks easily.
Source: Nintendo NeXt
Here’s various screenshots for the game, from the Nintendo NeXt post above and Nintendo:
Finally, here’s various gameplay videos, courtesy of Nintendaan:
Head after the break for the rest of the videos!
Devil’s Third (Wii U) comes out on August 4th in Japan, and August 28th in Europe.