"Most game developers including myself like to think in depth, so it's important to have time when you're not thinking so deeply. So you know, all those attractive environments in DOA4, we usually come up with the ideas for that and talk about it while we are drinking." As many as half of them apparently.
Why the love of drink? Well, as the transcript of my last "official complaint" meeting explains, it lubricates the creative process. You should certainly consider it if you fancy making games. "In the last ten years - not that you asked this question - I think I had better ideas when I was drinking whisky," Itagaki explains.
Zo zie je maar weer, drank is zeker niet altijd schadelijk voor het mensenlijk brein. Op de vraag hoe het met Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 zit, kon Itagaki ook het een en ander vertellen. Zo zal de focus nu meer liggen op diverse watersporten. Itagaki is erg gesteld op jet skieën en met name deze feature zal uitgebreid naar voren komen in de game.
I am working on the Jet Ski part of it very seriously," says Itagaki, "because I like Jet Ski games. There are two types of gameplay with the Jet Ski. One is the racing, where you compete on the difference of one hundredth of a second. And the others are more about riding the waves with good style."
Dead or Alive: Xtreme 2 zal eind dit jaar op de Xbox 360 verschijnen.