Devil’s Third, the long-gestating debut project of Valhalla Studios, has been announced for an August 28th release in Europe, preceded by a Japanese launch on the fourth of the same month. As yet, no North American date has been revealed, though Nintendo has confirmed a release for the territory.
The game is a third-person shooter with a heavy focus on melee combat, designed so because the creator, Tomonobu Itagaki, felt that making a standard shooter wouldn’t be fun. Details on the story of Devil’s Third are scarce, but Siliconera reveals that it follows a terrorist-turned-counter-terrorist named Ivan the Terrible as he hunts down his former allies at the behest of NATO. Unlike many shooters, it eschews the over-the-shoulder camera in favour of more old-school perspective, while transitioning into first person when aiming. At a glance, the gameplay seems somewhat reminiscent of Vanquish, blended with a semi-realistic melee combat system.
You can get a look at the title in action, both single player and multiplayer, in the trailer embedded below:
Devil’s Third has been in development since 2008, when Tomonobu Itagaki (former director of Ninja Gaiden and creator of Dead or Alive) left Tecmo and founded a new independent studio. Originally signed to be published by THQ, release of the title was jeopardised by the demise of the publisher. However, it was later revealed to have been picked up by Nintendo, even though it was initially slated for release only on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. As such, the game is set to launch exclusively on the WiiU.