Hey remember this guy? That’s Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden creator Tomonobu Itagaki, and he just got paid. Back in 2008, just before the release of Ninja Gaiden II, Itagaki announced that he was leaving and suing Tecmo due to what he described as “unpaid completion bonuses” that he claimed was promised to him by Tecmo brass for finishing Dead or Alive 4. It was later found out that he was actually fired, but that didn’t stop him from filing the lawsuit. After over a year and a half, the case has been settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
Mr. Itagaki has also issued a statement, and all it takes to read it is just one tiny click.
“To Whom It May Concern
Regarding Settlement With Tecmo, Ltd:
I, Tomonobu Itagaki, announce that a settlement was amicably reached on February 26th, 2010 upon a mutual agreement with respect to the lawsuit for remuneration, etc. that I filed against Tecmo, Ltd. claiming the payment of unpaid remuneration, and unpaid wages, and payment of compensation for dismissal, etc.
To All of My Fans:
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your great help and words of encouragement which have been extended to me so far. I can’t hardly wait for the day of announcing my newest work in progress to you all, but I promise you now that I will deliver to you an enjoyable game with depth that surpasses all the games I created before, and is worthy of being world-class entertainment.
Please continue your unwavering support for me.