Resident Evil 5 Producer Promoted To Corporate Officer

By Spencer . October 29, 2010 . 8:52am

imageA day before Keiji Inafune announced his resignation, Capcom gave Jun Takeuchi, producer of Lost Planet and Resident Evil 5, a promotion.


Takuechi’s previous title was Deputy Head of Consumer Games R&D Division and General Manger of R&D Production Department. Now he’s (*takes deep breath*) Corporate Officer, Deputy Head of Consumer Games R&D Division and General Manger of R&D Production Department.


In an unrelated interview conducted by Capcom, Takuechi discussed his thoughts on managing human resources and leading a development team.


"When it comes down to it, the key concept is being ‘globally minded’. It’s important not only to pay attention to the market here in Japan, but develop human resources that are capable of staying in tune with developments abroad, as well as using English fluently. Ten years ago, the Japanese market was large enough that we didn’t need to worry about focusing on what was happening outside the country. But things have changed, and now it is important for us to consider how to develop the Japanese market in a way that enables us to secure a share of the Western market. To adapt to the recent changes in the gaming market, we must pay attention to developments in Japan and the West. We can’t understand how these markets are different unless we know what is going on in both. Capcom will be a stronger company if each developer fully understands what gamers in the market expect and demand.

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  • Well, Ninja Theory is already handling DMC, so it seems like that global market thing is working already.

    • Well, maybe he will actually do something smart and either just cancel it (only to then announce a proper Devil May Cry 5), or demand that they fix the Dante problems.

  • Code

    So is that an actual real position..? or did they just tack on two more titles to his old title x_x?

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      I think they promoted Takeuchi to a non-existent position above Inafune’s old one just to stick it to the guy.

      • Code

        Well Inafune will just go and found his own company, where he can promote himself to; “Supreme Corporate Super Officer, Captain Deputy Head of Consumer Games R&D and Sexy Ladies Division and Master General Manger of R&D Robot Ninja Production Detective Department”!

        • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

          XDXD. Really though, I think he should go work with either Platinum Games or Grasshopper Manufacture. Those places seem like they would shoot him. They seem developer-oriented rather than corporate.

          EDIT: Shoot! I meant suit.

          • Code

            Knowing Grasshopper and Platinum, you only get hired if you can take a bullet to the chest, at the end of the interview.

          • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

            Only the dead are worthy.

          • MemeticRichard

            :< I'd die to work at Platinum. Pun totally intended.

          • He wouldn’t fit in at those companies. They’re not obsessed with Westernization. In fact, Platinum games have even said that good games are global in their mission statement. It’s not about being Japanese or Western, it’s about making something good.

            That is the opposite of Inafune’s position.

          • Dude, what in God’s name is this westernization thing all about? You REALLY think Vanquish, a fast-moving shooter with a crazy dizzyness-inducing camera, was created for Japan?

            Platinum’s goals are exactly the same as Inafune’s. As are Grasshopper’s. I don’t personally think he’d fit at either for various reasons, but their goals are the same.

          • To Ishaan:

            Actually, Vanquish feels incredibly Japanese to me. It’s one of the reasons I was so pleasantly surprised by it. I was very much expecting just another boring Gears of War ripoff. I remember seeing the teaser for it and wondering what was wrong with Mikami that he was trying to make something like that. I was gladly proven wrong. Instead, it feels like Macross or something, but with that hyper-kineticness I associate with Japanese gameplay. If anything, look at some of the 360 message boards, where the typical “Western” gamer would dwell, and you’ll see people complaining it has too much of a wacky story, it’s too fast, blah blah blah.

            Compare that to something like Lost Planet 2, which Inafune said was too Japanese. It doesn’t feel it, at all. It feels like it’s bending over backwards to appeal to my demographic, but failing miserably at it.

            But compare Inafune’s anti-Japanese comments with, “Games are one of the fields where Japan can boast to the world of its expertise. However, recent trends would lead one to believe that Western studios are experiencing success beyond that of their Japanese counterparts. At the same time, the Western games market has become incredibly large.

            While there are some in Japan who have expressed concern towards this state of affairs, we at PlatinumGames have always believed that video games are essentially a global form of entertainment. Truly high quality games should be well received by audiences globally. We will continue launching games into the global market from here in Japan, with not just Japanese tastes, but the tastes of all users, in mind.”

            Now, I don’t want you to think I’m someone who doesn’t like Western games, at all. I love God of War, I loved Lords of Shadows, I even loved Fallout 3, despite it being from a genre I don’t typically like. I just think Japanese companies shouldn’t focus on making Western games, just as I think many Western companies shouldn’t touch Japanese franchises (Lords of Shadows is an exception, as it’s a great game, even if it’s an awful Castlevania. But just look at Silent Hill: Homecoming, Bionic Commando, and Front Mission Evolved for better examples of how bad this trend can be).

          • Well, considering your comments on Vanquish, I don’t think this is a Japanese vs. Western thing at all. I think it’s just a question of making a game “unique,” no?

            Despite the fact that Vanquish may “feel” Japanese to you, the truth of the matter is, it wasn’t designed with Japan in mind, and it bombed there. Mikami and Inafune are from the same company background, shared the same working culture for many years and ultimately, I believe, have similar goals. It’s just that Inafune is more vocal about the “Japan is falling behind” aspect of things.

            I don’t recall a single occasion where Inafune has deliberately made a game “bad” or dumbed it down in the name of westernization. He’s always had a global focus. Capcom have always had a global focus in general, right from the days of Resident Evil and Devil May Cry.

    • Being a corporate officer means that he’s got a position on the business side of the company, where as before he was just a developer in the company. He could be anything from the Treasurer to the CMO.

      • Code

        Hmm that seems like kind of a foul move on Capcom’s part, I hope they realize how doing such a thing how it looks to people. In generally though wouldn’t surprise me, I feel like this isn’t the first time I’ve seen this happening.

  • All Capcom Games Will have Forced Co-op :P

  • This is a mind bogglingly crazy turn of events…….I’m actually unsure on how I “should” feel right now. Still, I give Jun Takeuchi the best of luck and HOPEFULLY he’s more open to new ideas than Inafune was these past few years.

    And wow……Ono, Takeuchi, Takumi are the only names in I know currently in Capcom right now. I miss Mikami and Kamiya……..:(

  • If they truly want to appeal globally…I would think that instead of hiring people who are internal or domestic to their normal way of doing things they look out to companies that are outside of Japan and get them involved, or given, a meaningful leadership position. Wouldnt that be wiser to get some fresh new ideas and a new mindset into there?

    Lost Planet…does he really qualify for the Job? I heard the series latest entry missed projections.

  • I don’t know much about him, but my hope is that he does not share Inafune’s opinion that “You need to be prepared to invest 4 billion yen or more on a game, and then spend 2 billion yen more to promote it.”

    I really think developing with that monolithic, “bet the farm on one game” philosophy is completely unsustainable for all but a few companies. Given the recent failures they have had with that model, I don’t think Capcom is one of them. (looking at you LP2 and Dark Void)

  • MemeticRichard

    Hey. :D Me, and that dude in the picture – we got the same iMac, yo! We’re human evolution…the next step in the great cycle…the paradox within the circle…the oval within the square.

    I hope that when he starts his next job, we’ll have less bitchy Siliconera posters moaning about “westernization.”

    Test-tube babies, if you people wanna learn anything about “Japan getting westernized”, pick up a history textbook and read up years 1868 to 1915. THAT is Westernization. And it sucked. This? This is just a few guys trying to make a few good video games, with their results clashing against a bunch of whiny nerds behind a keyboard.

    • RupanIII

      “we got the same iMac, yo! We’re human evolution…the next step in the great cycle…the paradox within the circle…the oval within the square.”Wow.. no offense but do you work for Apple marketing? ‘Cause that really sounds like a pretentious hipster Apple commercial in the making. ;PWestern influence during the Meiji period meant the Industrial Revolution coming to Japan, without which, who knows, perhaps in some parallel universe without Japan being opened to the world there would be no Japanese game industry haha What really sucked was the nationalist backlash- rise of imperial ideology and extreme right wing.

      • MemeticRichard

        You take this stuff way too seriously lol.

        • RupanIII

          Haha, I guess I can’t help myself, it’s a pet peeve. I’ve spent about 5 years in and out of the East Asian Studies department and its classes at my school, so it’s kind of in my blood to get into serious discussions when people talk about Japanese history and culture (..and, admittedly, inadvertently bore my friends on occasion heh)

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