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

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

27 comments

  • elpurplemonkey - September 10, 2010 6:16 a.m.

    @510BrotherPanda I respectfully disagree. Maybe the fall is full of shooters, but to say that "this year IS looking a little dull" is misguided. You are forgetting about everything that already came out- Bayonetta, Mass Effect 2, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Limbo, Red Dead Redemption- some of these are games in which you shoot, but goddammit they are all extremely creative and wonderful. This has been one of the best years in gaming for me (maybe because I've actually been able to have the time and money to play all of the great games whose releases have been mercifully spaced out through the year) and I hardly consider it dull. Saying that the fall is looking a bit dull, well then yes, I could agree with you there. Though it is rather odd that we gamers tend to dismiss some games just because they are shooters. That holier than though I-only-play-indie-games mentality is fucking annoying, but I digress. Katamari man can do whatever he wants, he's a creator- he needs that satisfaction, if games aren't doing it for him anymore, then I hope he finds something to fill that hole.
  • marioman50 - September 9, 2010 11:17 p.m.

    Bitching about something he's a part of (the gaming universe) and not making an effort to fix it. Hey, maybe I'm not interested in Kinnect games either. It doesn't mean I'm going to stop playing the games that actually matter (or quit pursuing a job in game development). I don't think that's the only reason he's quitting. He's probably starved of ideas.
  • Tygerclaws - September 9, 2010 7:02 p.m.

    @pin316 So we should only look at one side of things, instead of looking at the whole of a thing, before making a judgement? We should weigh an entire industry based solely on what a quarter of developers are doing, and ignore things like Trico, Flower, anything with the words NIS in it somewhere? Journey? Folklore? DeathSpank? Plants vs. Zombies? So things with big budgets are the only things that matter? That's narrow-minded and wrong, flat out. Also, that does nothing to disprove my second point, that whining about it does nothing to solve a problem, if it exists. Katamari was, despite my lack of love for it, something different and new at the time. If you're not going to stick around and do something to help out, then you have no right to complain about it.
  • Felixthecat - September 9, 2010 3:11 p.m.

    Why is everyone being so mean? He doesn't see a future in video games for himself which is a respectable decision to make. It has nothing to do with the games industry, it's simply him deciding that he want's to make playgrounds. It's still pretty sad that such a brilliant man is leaving such a great industry, but at least he left us Katamari, and that's good enough for me. I wish him the best of luck.
  • BigBoss - September 9, 2010 2:07 p.m.

    He added me on facebook quite recently. He's been in England helping to design that playground. Would regularly post pics from the meetings etc.
  • pin316 - September 9, 2010 11:30 a.m.

    @Tygerclaws - that's such an ridiculous thing to say. This is the games industry - the designers don't pay for stuff do they, they work for studios who get funded by publishers. he states that he is not optimistic about the future of gaming in terms fo what he has seen, such as motion controls and 3D gaming, i.e. - the gimmicky side of things. couple that with the fact that all the big budgets go to FPS and action titles nowadays, and you have a perfectly understandable reason for him leaving. He probably highly doubts that he'll ever be in position again where the resource and freedom to make the games that he wants to make will be available - if my passion was designing things for people to enjoy then i'd want to get out of an industry where my work appeared to be valued, in general, less and less every day
  • JakeyBaby - September 9, 2010 9:36 a.m.

    If I was still a kid, he's the man I would want to make a playground for me. Seems like a perfect fit to me! :D That Playground will be awesome! :3
  • hayisforhorses - September 9, 2010 8:26 a.m.

    Now thats a playground i wanna play on!!! Good luck to him
  • fierce99x - September 9, 2010 6:51 a.m.

    This guys awesome, best of luck to him.
  • GoldenMe - September 9, 2010 5:53 a.m.

    It's quite disheartining to hear an inventive producer leave a buisness he enjoys because it's becoming stale. A shame on the industry I guess. Thank you, Nintendo, for Motion Control. Thank you ,Sony, 3D. REcaptcha: Oh Fuck, come on. "Phacellodomus brifist"
  • JamesT - September 9, 2010 5:40 a.m.

    He sees no future IN games, not he sees no future FOR games. It seems he's talking from a personal standpoint, not a doom and gloom perspective of gaming's future.
  • nyef - September 9, 2010 5:06 a.m.

    no! my videogame therapist is leaving :( he should actually try to make a difference instead of just leaving though :/ gonna miss the awesome katamari games
  • HawtKakez - September 9, 2010 4:11 a.m.

    I don't know what makes me feel worse, the fact that he's leaving or the fact that his view of the game industry is well founded.
  • Imgema - September 9, 2010 4:09 a.m.

    I don't blame him
  • JoeMasturbaby - September 9, 2010 3:34 a.m.

    imagine what that playgrounds going to look like, UHNNGGGG! he should design entire cities as well.
  • y2kpikachu12 - September 9, 2010 3:27 a.m.

    It's really depressing to hear those words.
  • AngryAmoeba - September 9, 2010 2:51 a.m.

    i feel like his quote has been misconstrued a little. he doesn't seem to be saying that video games have no future, but that he wants to try new things and so he sees no future for himself in video games. he says he's still interested in games, but not making them anymore.
  • 510BrotherPanda - September 9, 2010 2:31 a.m.

    @Tygerclaws As an artist, I can understand his perspective a little. There's some truth in it. This fall, at this point, looks flooded with more shooter games that are trying to one-up each other. Not saying Vanquish and Bulletstorm don't have some good concepts in them, but overall, this year IS looking a little dull. Seeing as he was originally just a sculptor with innovative ideas for things, it's nice to see that he's going back to something he is comfortable with and can make feel fresh. It's for catharsis. After all, even though Miyamoto is so deep in video game creation, he doesn't really ever play any of them. I think he's be known to rather prefer spending time with his family and playing guitar.
  • Tygerclaws - September 9, 2010 2:18 a.m.

    D'awww, my franchise isn't that good, so that means the problem is with the industry itself! Da big bad Man is stompin' da creativity and irony right out of games! So instead of making something new to try and fix things, I'mma just leave and blame everyone else.
  • DabWolf - September 9, 2010 1:37 a.m.

    Well, I am glad he is doing what he wants to do instead of doing something he isn't interested in :)

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