UPDATE (12/7): The release date for Devil’s Third is right around the corner! You’ll be able to pick up the game on December 11th. And what better way to celebrate the upcoming release than by watching the official launch trailer? Check it out!


Devil’s Third, a game that is no stranger to developmental hardship, may be facing even more turmoil in the run up to its release in the Americas. Both Nintendo of Japan and Nintendo of Europe have been handling publishing duties in their respective regions, and they’re confident the game will be released in August this year. Meanwhile, Nintendo of America has neglected to mention the game for months and it has not divulged a planned released date. This has resulted in various theories and rumors that are slowly giving us a bigger picture of what may have happened to the game’s status in American territories.

Unseen64 was the first to start up the rumor mill after the game was an E3 no-show, claiming Nintendo of America won’t be publishing the game due to concerns about quality and projected sales. Today, Siliconera chimed in claiming to know the game will be published in the U.S., but not by Nintendo of America. As time goes on without any word it’s seeming increasingly likely it will not be released in August alongside the other regions.

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Devil’s Third is billed as a mashup of the adventure, shooter, and hack ‘n slash genres. It’s being developed by Tomonobu Itagaki (of Dead or Alive fame) and his team at Valhalla Game Studios. The plot in particular is pretty unique, taking place in a world where nearly all of the satellites orbiting Earth have collided with one another, throwing countries into turmoil and changing the state of modern warfare.

The game was originally being funded by the now defunct THQ for release on the PS3 and Xbox 360. After the company’s dissolution, the Devil’s Third IP rights fell back to Valhalla Game Studios, and Nintendo picked up the publishing rights for an exclusive Wii U release, an acquisition which was officially revealed back at E3 2014.

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