Yoshiki Okamoto, the designer behind Street Fighter 2, Final Fight and later Folklore, is the only employee left at his development studio, Game Republic. Okamoto revealed in an interview with Polygon: “Game Republic has not gone away, but we ran out of money. So I had to let go of everybody.”

 

Okamoto’s still working on games by himself, but he won’t say who he’s working for or what he’s working on. All that he shares is that it’s a mobile game.

 

“For a game creator like me, one who’s been creating games such a long time, I feel like it’s more fitting to create a game where I know what’s going on [during development],” Okamoto says.”

 

“With bigger titles, there are so many aspects of development, so many people working on the game. It’s more fitting for me that I work on a game where I can see what’s happening, like it was during the beginning of the video game era.”

 

Game Republic lost a large amount of money after publishing partner, Brash Entertainment, closed down in 2008. Game Republic were working on a video game adaptation of Clash of the Titans for Brash at the time.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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