Keiji Inafune Resigns From Capcom

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Head of Capcom R&D, Keiji Inafune, hasn’t exactly been pleased with his employer in recent times. Inafune, often seen lamenting the state of Japanese games development, is known for being a creative visionary with a global audience in his sights — a goal he believes that his fellow developers are not pursuing seriously enough.


As recently as last month, Inafune revealed that his goals conflicted with that of Capcom management, too, which he conveyed through an interview with the New York Times. “I’m strong-arming a lot of things through, but I’m not sure how much more I can do. I don’t share the same management vision as the company,” he revealed.


It would seem that Inafune no longer feels that he has a place at Capcom, as he has announced his resignation from the company on his blog on the website of Daletto, a subsidiary of Capcom’s that runs some of the company’s online games.


In a blog post titled “Sayounara,” Inafune says that after 23 years at Capcom, he feels there are no further heights for him to climb within the company, and that he will resign at the end of the month. Previously, Inafune was reported as saying that he could not be on Capcom’s board of directors as the board does not accommodate developers.


Inafune confirms that he’ll still continue making games, however, even if it isn’t at Capcom.


Food for thought:


Just before Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney was announced, Inafune was reported as speaking very highly of Japanese developer, Level 5, and their ability to both innovate and create successful products. At the time, Inafune expressed his desire to work with the company.

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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.