Itagaki on the Defensive with Devil’s Third

The preview embargo has gone up for Devil’s Third across Europe, and the game’s prospects have not been bright. In response to criticisms of poor graphics, clunky controls, and bad performance overall, the game’s director Tomonobu Itagaki has taken to his Facebook to counter these claims.

Itagaki has clarified that the game runs at 30fps, why no split-screen mode exists, and that reviewers should avoid using the GamePad to play. In his words:

It seems that the world is in disorder…no way. I feel that the information on Devil’s Third are tangled.

So I decided to tell you guys about the Specifications and recommended playing devices best suited for Devil’s Third, plus useful information for you guys.

I felt the time has come for me to talk about.

[About the specifications of Devil’s Third]

Frame rate: 30fps.
*note: I promise you can fully enjoy this MASSIVE shooter with 30 fps.

Split Screen: This game don’t have split screen feature for both offline and online play. ‘Cuz I used all the power of Wii U for single player. That was tough tradeoff for me. Plz understand.

Voice chat: We don’t equip voice chat feature. ‘Cuz we had maxed out its bandwidth to achieve online play by 16 users.

As to why reviewers should use the Wii U Pro Controller? He believes that the face buttons are better spaced for the fast-paced action.

Why do I recommend Pro-controller? I never wanna discount standard tab-controller. But, Devil’s Third is a super speedy game. So tab-controller has following disadvantages:

1. Four face buttons are positioned overcrowding. So you easily press the wrong button. In that case, you will die.

2. Distance of two analogue sticks are too far apart. So it’s quite difficult for you to feel/grasp the battlefield.

3. Devil’s Third is a game you play a long time. The standard tab-controler is too heavy for such use.

Itagaki’s studio Vahalla Games also backed up the director’s claims:

To: Media Friends who preview the multiplayer mode
As Itagaki mentioned in his FB column, please use PRO controller along with a USB keyboard when you preview Devil’s Third.
(Tablet controller is not recommended)
For your information, the multiplayer mode of Devil’s Third is designed to be played by tens of thousands of players. We understand it’s going to be a very tough job to evaluate such a game. It will be much appreciated if you will use your imagination to get the depth when you play the multiplayer mode.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and your attention to above.

Devil’s Third is due to launch in Europe on August 25th. No word on when (or who exactly will publish) the troubled Wii U exclusive in North America, but things have not shaped up in a good way prior to its roll-out.


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