Shinji Mikami is leaving Tango Gameworks

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Tango Gameworks founder Shinji Mikami is set to leave the studio in the “coming months”, it has been announced in an internal company-wide email at Bethesda Software.

As veerified by TrueAchievements, Senior Vice Presiden Todd Vaughn revealed that one of the most influential figures in video games will quite the studio.

“I am writing today to let you know that studio head Shinji Mikami has decided to leave Tango Gameworks in the coming months,” Vaughn said in the email. “Mikami-san has been a creative leader and supportive mentor to young developers at Tango for 12 years through his work on The Evil Within franchise, Ghostwire: Tokyo, and of course, Hi-Fi Rush.”

Shinji Mikami is by far and away best known for his work on the Resident Evil franchise, directing the original game in the series as a landmark horror video game, before then revolutionising the genre all over again with Resident Evil 4. He was an integral part of Capcom’s output through the late 90s and early 2000s, before departing the company to found Tango Gameworks in March 2010.

Tango Gameworks was acquired by Bethesda parent company Zenimax Media shortly afterwards, with Mikami directing The Evil Within before stepping back to an executive produce role on The Evil Within 2, Ghostwire: Tokyo and Hi-Fi Rush, which was released earlier this year.

It’s not clear what Mikami has planned for life after Tango, but it could well be retirement. Per an interview and profile by Variety in 2020, his original goal with Tango Gameworks was to foster emerging talent, with one big game made by veteran developers, before passing the torch to younger employees to work on smaller titles. It would be a passing of the torch to a new generation, and we certainly saw that with new faces taking the spotlight for the creation of Ghostwire: Tokyo and Hi-Fi Rush.

He noted that “I am getting old, and so it would be more of a matter of how much energy I have,” before joking “If I do have to leave the game industry, then I’ll take a part-time job working at a convenience store. The idea of making a rice-porridge restaurant has been scrapped, since there’d be too much competition.”

Source: TrueAchievements

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