Nintendo has broken its silence in regards to the upcoming Wii-U exclusive Devil’s Third, where rumors have been circulating that the company was no longer going to publish the game in North America and was actively distancing itself from the action game. Responding to the rumors, Nintendo released a statement on Twitter saying:
“We know you are eager to hear more about Devil’s Third. We are excited to bring the game to Wii U and will have more to share soon.”
The statement from Nintendo comes not long after former Ninja Gaiden developer Tomonobu Itagaki, who is currently developing Devil’s Third, released a statement on Facebook apparently addressing the rumors, stating that the “world brims over with lies and rumors.” While Itagaki did not mention Nintendo or Devil’s Third by name, the statement was released not long after rumors first began to circulate about the apparent distance between Nintendo and the game.
We know you are eager to hear more about Devil’s Third. We are excited to bring the game to Wii U and will have more to share soon.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 11, 2015
Devil’s Third, which has been in development for several years, was originally supposed to be published by now defunct publisher THQ, and was set to be released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. However, after THQ went out of business, Nintendo stepped in and took over THQ’s role, then promptly made Devil’s Third a Nintendo exclusive.
Last month, both Itagaki and his team at Valhalla Game Studios, who have been developing Devil’s Third, announced that the game would be released in Europe this coming August. However, the page for Devil’s Third on Nintendo’s website lists the North American release date as “to be determined”, which further added to the speculation that Nintendo was trying to distance itself from the game.