Katamari Damacy Creator Rolls Onto Greener Pastures With Uvula

By Spencer . October 3, 2010 . 11:53pm

imageKeita Takahashi, the creator of Katamari Damacy, left Namco Bandai and is spearheading a studio called uvula with his wife, a composer.


The official site says uvula will mainly work with music and video games. Maybe not this second, though. Right now, Takahashi is designing a playground and studying English.


Noby Noby Boy for iPhone was Takahashi’s last game. The Katamari Damacy series lives on without Takahashi as a property of Namco Bandai.

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  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    The Marcel Duchamp of video games is back in business? Yeess!!

    … Hurry up and finish your playground so the world can experience more of your bizarre video games!

    • Takahashi’s one of those rare game designers who strikes me as a really odd and interesting person, not just someone who produces odd and interesting things. If there isn’t a fight over who gets to publish whatever he does next, there’s something seriously wrong with the industry.

      • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

        Maybe Salvador Dali might be a better fit then. :D

        I’m glad he left the corporate prison of Namco though; someone as creative as him really needs a lot of freedom and his own personal team. I hope Atlus or Xseed would publish his future games.

    • memoryofwater

      I think Beat Takeshi or whoever exactly was behind Work Time Fun are closer to the Duchamps of videogames. Takahashi is probably more like the Lichtenstein of videogames.But that’s also probably stretching a metaphor until it goes Whaaam!!

  • puchinri

    Well that’s great news. Although I kind of feel more interested in his wife than him right now…

    I’m going to try and see what she’s composed while telling myself to patiently await whatever their first project shall be.

    (Are there going to be pics of that playground linked when it’s complete? Don’t ask why I expect to see a Noby Noby and Katamari layout for it.)

    • Code

      I see what you did there! Seriously though when I picture him making playground equipment I can only imagine a katamari of children rolling through a field.

  • memoryofwater

    Best news ever.

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