Katamari Damacy Creator Keita Takahashi Partners With MMO Developer


Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy creator, Keita Takahashi, left Namco Bandai last year. Now, he’s found a new place to work, at least for the moment…across the world from Tokyo, all the way in Vancouver, Canada.


Takahashi has partnered with Tiny Speck, developers of a casual MMO called Glitch. Gamasutra caught wind of the announcement, made on the Glitch developer blog, where Tiny Speck revealed how how the partnership came about.


“A few months ago we were lucky enough to start talking to him,” the blog post reads. “We played some Glitch together, batted ideas back and forth and found that we shared the same values — deep beliefs in curiosity, humor, absurdity, and above all a belief in the positive power of play.”


“It was like talking to an old friend and it did not take long before we decided that we had to work together,” the post continued. “So, a little over a week ago Keita and his family packed up and moved from Tokyo to join the team at Tiny Speck in Vancouver.”


If you’re curious, here’s a trailer for Glitch:

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". 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.