Itagaki Defends Devil’s Third from Poor Reviews

Director Tomonobu Itagaki has gone on the defensive in the wake of Devil’s Third poor reviews. In a Facebook post, Itgaki defends his game in no uncertain terms. He specifically calls out the online mode as having not been properly reviewed in a normal online environment with regular gamers, as opposed to only journalists.

Hey guys,
Thank you for playing our Devil’s Third.

I believe that those of you who actually have the game in your hands are more than satisfied with how interesting and fun the game is.

Unfortunately the scores we’ve been receiving in Europe are pretty awful.
Some of the criticism we’re getting is constructive and fair – I can accept that.
But in general, I’m going to guess that most of the people reviewing the game weren’t given a chance to evaluate it properly.

Just as one example, we designed the online multiplayer mode to be enjoyed together with tons of people, but it seems dozens of reviewers were only allowed to try the game in a closed environment.

That’s extremely unfortunate for everyone involved. As you can imagine, no one can effectively evaluate the playability of multiplayer games under these conditions.

For me though, I value the feedback you guys can offer much more.
Please enjoy the game for yourselves.
After that, let me know everything about what you’re thinking, so that we can make a better future.

Gamers, let’s build a future together smile emoticon
Thanks as always.

Tomonobu Itagaki

Devil’s Third is currently sitting at a score of 41 on Metacritic. It launched in Europe and Japan this month, and will launch in North America on December 11th, published worldwide by Nintendo. Itagaki had previously chided critics during pre-release stating that they were playing the game “wrong”, including tips on how to play properly.

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