After 23 years, Head of Development Keiji Inafune announces that he is leaving Capcom. The head of R&D at Capcom and CEO of Capcom online gaming subsidiary Daletto will only be so until the end of the month, as he said in his blog.
Inafune started at Capcom 23 years ago as a character designer and rose through the ranks to where he proudly stands now.
He has recently been the source of controversial comments about the Japanese gaming industry. At a Dead Rising 2 Tokyo Game Show party last year he declared the Japanese industry dead after seeing what was on offer.
In his blog, Inafune did not reveal a reason for his leave, he just referred to Capcom as “truly a good company” and adding “I love Capcom”. Although he did indicate that he most likely wouldn’t be working with Capcom in the future.
He indicated that one of his reasons for leaving is that he had reached his peak within Capcom and that he had no further steps to take at the company. He said, “It would probably be good for me to sit gracefully in this seat and become a leading figure in the industry. However, I cannot do this. Settling down means death for the creator. As long as you are a creator, you cannot settle down.”