Tecmo deny Itagaki accusations, MS say thank you
Speaking to blog Kotaku, Microsoft has publicly thanked game designer Tomonobu Itagaki for his vocal support of the Xbox console across two generations.
"Tomonobu Itagaki has decided to leave Tecmo and Team Ninja to pursue other opportunities. We thank Tomonobu Itagaki for the many years he has supported Xbox as he has contributed immensely to the success of the videogame industry as a whole," read the platform holder's unusual praise for the Japanese game designer, who just completed work on Ninja Gaiden II.
His departure from Team Ninja and Tecmo has been less than placid however, the designer vowing to sue the game maker over alleged unpaid royalties.
Tecmo, however, describe Itagaki's assertions as a "distortion", the developer stating that the bonus system referred to by him is something left over from the previous management - rather than a broken contract.
More as we get it on this.