Tomonobu Itagaki strikes back with new studio and new game

In what was an undeniably devastating blow to the gaming community, all-star developer Tomonobu Itagaki -- the mastermind behind such hits as and the series -- left his employers, Tecmo, after suing the company over unpaid royalties. Ever since his disappearance, we've been waiting with baited breath for any news regarding Itagaki's return. What would this mean for Ninja Gaiden? Will Dead or Alive: Code Chronos ever see the light of day?

Well, thanks to the good folks over at , we don't have to wait much longer. In an exclusive interview, the iconic Itagaki revealed that he is currently spearheading a new team of game designers and developers, largely made up of ex-Team Ninja staffers. This mystery team is going by the tentative name of "Tokyo Vikings" and looks to set the gaming world on fire once more.

As of this posting, Itagaki and co. are hard at work on their next game -- an Xbox 360 exclusive. With early reports that the title is in fact *not* a fighting game, rumors of Itagaki's return to the Dead or Alive franchise may have to be shelved, for the moment.