Tomonobu Itagaki announced that he’s stepping down from his position of representative director of Valhalla Game Studios and will be taking up the role of a prime advisor.
You can read the message from Itagaki’s Facebook page below:
To the Flowers of the World
Hey everyone, the time has finally come where I can talk about what’s been going on with me. The reason I’ve been silent for this long is because I’ve been waiting for this day.
As of today, I’ll be moving on from my position as Representative Director of Valhalla Game Studios and take up the role of Prime Advisor. At the same time, I’ll also begin working together and creating games with a number of studios around the world.
With my 50th birthday marking a major milestone in my life, I’ve decided I want to change the way I work. My birthday is April 1st – this picture was taken just before that, making it the last picture of me in my 40’s. It was taken at Kiyosumi Garden in Tokyo by a friend of mine who is a professional cameraman.
Look at the cherry blossoms ready to blossom.
There are a lot of developers all around the world just like this.
I want to help them bloom.
You can find young, passionate developers in any country on the globe with aspirations and passion, the drive that makes them say “I’m gonna make an awesome game!!”. Starting from now on, I want to share with these young developers my own experiences and knowledge and help them build their games together.
This comes a bit sudden and I’m sure many of you may be surprised. An official press release will be out shortly, so please read that as well.
Phew, that felt great to finally get off my chest! I’m really looking forward to the future with you all!