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.
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.