Yoshiki Okamoto Leaves Capcom
It has recently been announced that Yoshiki Okamoto has left Capcom and is planning to create his own company. Okamoto has been with the company since 1983 and is well-known for producing and directing such games as Street Fighter II and the Resident Evil series. Also working as the president of Flagship (scenario developer of the RE series), Okamoto officially left Capcom on June 20, ending a 19 year and 9 month period with the company. At the age of 42, he will now attempt to create his own game development company. Apparently, Okamoto's main reason for leaving Capcom stems from differences in opinion as to where the company is headed, and certain restrictions of becoming an executive. However, Okamoto made it clear in a recent that there were no major reasons for his departure, just the few things already listed.
With this announcement, numerous game companies have asked Okamoto to join them, but he has expressed his desire to create his own company from scratch. He will be using a portion of his life savings to build the game development company and will recruit experiernced developers, as he also hopes to provide shares of stock to the staff so it can be a collectively owned company. Okamoto is searching for a president of his unnamed company, since he would rather serve as the COO (chief operating officer). Further details concerning the company are still tentative, although a website has been created at this address, http://okatuku.ciao.jp/index.html
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