Keiji Inafune To Quit Capcom

Capcom’s (soon to be former) Head of R&D Management Group, Keiji Inafune, has announced his resignation from the publishing giant. Outspoken and refreshingly candid, Inafune-san, renowned for designing such iconic characters as Mega Man and working on some of Capcom’s biggest titles including Resident Evil and Onimusha, will part ways with the Japanese company at the end of the month.

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Speaking on his blog, the producer laments how he feels he can no longer “speak his dreams” at the company, before commenting that there is nowhere else for him to go in his current role. It was Inafune-san’s recent comments on the current state of Japanese gaming (that it’s at least five years behind the West if not “finished” entirely) that sparked shockwaves among the development industry and garnered numerous counter-arguments from other Japanese developers. He states on his blog:

“I’m leaving Capcom with the intention of starting my life over. People that really know me can see where I’m coming from. I’m not a regular dude. It’s probably because I’m strange.”

Inafune-san has worked for Capcom for 23 years. His last project for the company was Dead Rising 2. Develop are touting Jun Takeuchi as Inafune’s successor as Head of R&D.

Source: Kotaku

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5 Comments

  1. I suppose you cannot blame they guy for wanting to move on after 23 years, jeez I don’t think I could ever last that long! Jun Takeuchi is a good repacement though, the main guy responsable for Resi 1 and 5 (story wise). Can’t be all bad with vision like that at the helm!

  2. Good for him, leave on a high and there’s always good memories !
    Maybe he just wants to dance ! :D

  3. He’ll be back… trust me but not now

  4. Good luck Inafune-san!

  5. you have got to hand it to him,a man that is able to give up his dream after he has lived it to the fullest and realized that there is nothing left for him there,this is definitely a man of character and courage,most men could not do what he has done,i wish him all the best,and may his new path be one of happiness and fulfillment.

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