Katamari man leaves Namco Bandai, sees 'no future' in games industry

Lead designer for Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy moving on

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Keita Takahashi, lead designer for Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy has decided to part ways with Namco Bandai. His departure was confirmed earlier today by Play.tm. In recent interviews, the famous game designer seemed to express a growing disinterest with the game’s industry, calling E3 2010 ‘dull,’ and saying that he sees ‘no future’ in games.

“I’m actually not thinking about a future in games. It’s not that I’m not interested in them, but I want to try lots of different things,” said Takahashi in a recent interview with Official PlayStation Magazine – UK.

“At E3 I saw people putting on speeches but I thought the future seemed a bit dark. The 3D games didn’t spark my interest. I think motion control’s a bit old now. I don’t think those games are the future. It all seemed a bit dull,” explained Takahashi.

In a 2009 interview with Giant Robot Magazine, Takahashi revealed that he was working on redesigning a Nottingham playground. Before diving into the project, Takahashi expressed an interest in the park’s hills, which he hoped would help him to create “interesting and playful landscapes.”

Above: The man behind Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy may be rolling towards greener pastures

Source: Play.tmCVGOPM UK

Sep 8, 2010