Capcom Boss Keiji Inafune Resigns
Well, the man clearly wasn't happy. Throughout this year, Capcom designer and head of research and development, Keiji Inafune, has been vocal about the Japanese game industry's failings: from saying Japan was "5 years behind" to saying flat out, "I hate my job," the writing has been on the wall for some time.
Now, the 23-year veteran who presided over franchises like Onimusha and Dead Rising is calling it quits. Inafune has announced his departure from Capcom; he will be resigning soon. He started at the company as a graphic designer and worked on the very first Street Fighter, then moved on to character design for Mega Man, and then grabbed the role of producer for the titles listed above, as well as Lost Planet. Unfortunately, it's his comments concerning the perceived downfall of Japanese gaming that has him in the spotlight in 2010; he has also said he doesn't think Capcom "takes globalization seriously." His resignation announcement comes the day after Capcom released their latest financial numbers, which consisted of highs and lows. Dead Rising 2 sold 1.8 million copies, which helped, but Lost Planet 2's weak sales caused the net profit to slide significantly. Capcom will replace Inafune with Katsuhiko Ichii, who will be helped along by a new development team, which Capcom hopes will take a "broader stroke approach to the development process."
Anyway, Inafune will be moving on and although he leaves quite the legacy behind, it seems obvious he was bitter and discontented. That's no way to be in a job...any job.
10/29/2010 10:31:21 AM Ben Dutka