Devil’s Third Gets Free-To-Start PC Version

Devil’s Third [official site] – the upcoming Wii U hacky/slashy/shooty game from Dead or Alive creator Tomonobu Itagaki – will be getting a PC version called Devil’s Third Online.

The PC version won’t feature any of the story mode as that’s exclusive to Wii U. Instead, this is an online multiplayer experience.

According to developers Valhalla Game Studios:

By prior agreement with Nintendo, Valhalla has developed the free-to-play PC exclusive online game “Devil’s Third Online.” To spread “Devil’s Third” around the world, this game service will run from September 2015 onwards, in various regions around the world following the release of the Wii U version in each region.

For Europe that Wii U release date is 28 August, for America the exact date is unknown but it will be the fourth quarter of 2015. Content will be localised for each region in co-development with regional publishers.

Devil’s Third has been lurching around the development scene for a while now. Back in 2012 the game was dropped by the now-defunct publishers THQ as its profitability was in doubt. That was on the heels of a costly engine change when the company who were supplying the game’s original engine went out of business.

The rights were then returned to Valhalla and the studio started talking about consoles, a PC version and their intention “to bring the Devil’s Third universe to a wide range of digital devices”. They also mentioned a plan “to work with other various forms of media, including manga, novels, animation and film, to create a blockbuster franchise”. It looked like the PC and tablet versions would be left to a joint venture – a collaboration between Valhalla and a company called Doobic.

A couple of years on and Devil’s Third joined the Wii U lineup at E3 2014 becoming a Wii U exclusive.

More recently the game has been in the news thanks to a number of negative previews (Eurogamer’s Martin Robinson brought up PS2-era visuals, camera issues and shallow combat, but acknowledged that he did keep returning to the game). Itagaki’s response regarding criticism of the Wii U multiplayer option was that the Wii U’s tablet controller was not recommended and that players should use a PRO controller and USB keyboard instead. More broadly he added, “At last, I was be able to understand about the reactions. Devil’s Third is the game which reflects the player’s skill directly/vividly. This is truth.”

You can get an idea for how it looks in the trailer below:

18 Comments

  1. Dale Winton says:

    That actually looks quite good. Which is surprising for a Nintendo game

    • anHorse says:

      It’s absolutely atrocious btw

    • Baines says:

      It actually looks quite bad. It looks slightly better than a Wii game, which is not what a late life Wii U title should look like.

      There have been claims that Nintendo of America might not even publish it in the US because the game’s quality is so poor. It has nothing to do with content or maturity, but that the game just isn’t good. And pretty much all the previews agree. The game is visually ugly, with laughably bad models and textures in areas, frame rate problems, and just general poor gameplay design.

      Itagaki’s defense that reviewers simply weren’t good at the game and weren’t playing it right has at least some merit, particularly when some reviewers admitted that they were playing on easy and weren’t even particularly good at the game then. But that would only account for some of the perceived gameplay issues. Playing on a higher difficulty and being good at the game isn’t going to magically fix frame rate issues or model and texture quality.

      • Baines says:

        I should note that NOA did eventually confirm it would release the title in America itself, after rumors started that Xseed would be publishing it if NOA dropped the title.

      • Dale Winton says:

        I don’t care about the graphics I meant it looks good because its a Nintendo game that’s not aimed at 8 year old children. I am sure the can fix the frame rate on a pc version

        • Baines says:

          Nintendo has had games that don’t look like they were aimed at 8 year old children for years.

          Which doesn’t even touch on the games that do look like they were aimed at 8 year old children, but have more violence than “mature” games. I’m looking at you, Pikmin, with your nature special “innocence” and asking me to raise loving slaves that I will then throw to their deaths in pursuit of my own safety.

    • Vandelay says:

      Someone clearly hasn’t been paying attention to all of the excellent games that Nintendo have been putting out. The Wii U hasn’t changed anything in that regard.

      This looks like it might be the exception to that rule.

  2. Spacewalk says:

    I bet that round eye thinks he looks pretty cool with all those tatts.

  3. zxcasdqwecat says:

    Blhe.:(

  4. Stebsis says:

    Definitely gonna give this a try on PC, but it does look very bland, not bad though but on a console with fantastic games like Bayonetta 2 and Splatoon, that frankly seem to do melee, shooting, action etc. far better than this, Devil’s Third just doesn’t stand out or do anything exciting from what I’ve seen

  5. GWOP says:

    The SP looks like crap (so no loss there), whereas the MP has… base-building? A game mode where you dunk water melons in giant shredders? Following a conga of flying multicolored chickens? What?

  6. J. Cosmo Cohen says:

    To me, it looks like big, stupid fun.

  7. Shazbut says:

    Nintendo, I just want your happy games. I want that blue sky and sun thing you do.

  8. int says:

    It looks a beautiful last-gen game.

  9. Hobbes says:

    This is the Tommy Wiseau of Wii U games. I’m not joking. It’s that bad that it actually warps around to being somehow awesome in its’ terribleness. It’s a game so hideously attrocious it becomes [i]amazing[/i] and something like a train wreck in slow motion. You want to stop, you want to look away, but you can’t, you can’t stop yourself from taking in every fetid, gory detail of this mess of a game…

  10. colorlessness says:

    Everything about that top screenshot is ugly. Even the man with the shaved head and the tattoos looks like he doesn’t want to be there, like, ‘ugh, let me drop this grenade and just go home.’

  11. Flopper says:

    DAT MLG HIT MARKER DOE!