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Itagaki creating his biggest ever game

New studio Valhalla working on a single project

Former Team Ninja boss Tomonobu Itagaki has revealed his new project is the biggest game of his career - in terms of scale, at least.

Itagaki finally settled with former publisher Tecmo Koei in February after a long legal battle.

He subsequently left the firm and joined fledgling Japan studio Valhalla.

Itagaki found fame with titles such as Ninja Gaiden and Dead Or Alive.

Speaking to 1UP this week about Valhalla's new project - which is expected to be revealed at E3, Itagaki said: "All I can say is that Valhalla's current project is one of a scale on which I have never worked on before."

He added that the studio was working on a single project:

"We're currently focusing our resources on making one game," he commented. "Valhalla will compete in the field of mainstream, packaged games so it wouldn't be effective to thin our ranks by dividing our 50-man staff into different projects. I do plan on hiring even more skilled people, and although we've had job applications from many countries, we're still thinking about the composition of the team.

"However, we'll probably start a new game near the end of the current project. In the long term, it doesn't make sense for a company to only make one game, and so we're also looking at preparations for the next few years."