18 March 2016

Devil's Third Developer Relocates to Canada


   Devil's Third developer, Valhalla Game Studios, has taken its headquarters from Japan to Canada in order have a stronger "development base in Western countries." Studio founder Tomonobu Itagaki, who designed 2004's critically acclaimed action game Ninja Gaiden, explained the decision to move the studio away from its native country in a post on the studio's official website.

"Our group has excellent staff who are able to compete in at the top level in the world. We believe this is one of our big advantages. To maximize this advantage, we have transferred our headquarters to Canada," he said.
"It is better to set a development base in Western countries than Japan in order to gather talented creators scattered from all over the world and I have made a judgment that Vancouver is the most appropriate place for this."
Itagaki added that being based in Canada would allow Valhalla to "challenge the battlefield in front of us to create exciting games."
"By acquiring a new base for success, which enables us to use our global network, we will produce new games which can give more surprise to the game world," he said.
"We will keep producing the best games in the world focusing on entertaining game fans all over the world. I'm in the state of bliss that can sail against this endless challenge."
Canada is a common location for game development studios due to the tax benefits its government provides studios. In addition to Ubisoft, studios such as BioWare, Rockstar, and EA have studios in the country.