Devil’s Third will be published by Nintendo Of America for Wii U after all, Valhalla and Nintendo of America have confirmed. The announcement comes after rumours that Devil’s Third would not be published in North America by Nintendo due to quality concerns. Devil’s Third will be sold in North America via Nintendo’s eShop in the fourth quarter and will have a separate PC release that will be “free-to-start.”
The rumours about Devil’s Third being cancelled started with a video from Unseen64, an online archive for cancelled video games. It was reported that Nintendo Of America had concerns over the quality of the game and that president Reggie Fils-Aimé thought the script and voice-acting were “laughable.” Those quality concerns seem to have been echoed by most members of the gaming press that have so far gotten their hands on a review copy. Issues with frame rate, hit detection, and camera controls (among other things) have been cited as apparently making the game unplayable.
Devil’s Third director Tomonobu Itagaki, for his part, said the negative reviews were down to the journalists’ lack of skill, saying the game “reflects the player’s skill directly/vividly.” That didn’t exactly explain the frame rate issues. Itagaki also said the game was meant to be played with a USB keyboard and the expensive Wii U Pro Controller.
Valhalla and Nintendo Of America have put those rumours to rest, confirming Devil’s Third will see a Wii U release in North America in the fourth quarter this year. There will also be a PC version called Devil’s Third Online. It will be “free-to-start,” which is the terminology Nintendo has suggested using in place of “free-to-play” for games that are overwhelmingly reliant on microtransactions. The PC game will launch in various regions starting in September, following the Wii U release.
Devil’s Third launches on August 4 in Japan and August 28 everywhere else except for North America.