Shinji Mikami, the man who created Resident Evil, most recently wowed us with Vanquish, and is teaming up with Suda 51 to create Shadows of the Damned, says he's done directing video games after his next title.
Mikami, who's newly formed studio, Tango Game Words, was recently acquired by Bethesda owner Zenimax, told Japanese game magazine Famitsu, "I can only last for so long handling both director and company president duties, and besides, I want to give our younger developers a chance. Knowing that, of course, makes me want to put all of my experience, my energy, and everything else I've got into this game. I'm pretty lucky that [Bethesda] was willing to accept that, too. Too many publishers are only interested in the very near future, after all."
Even though Mikami is stepping down as director, he will still have some involvement in actual game development. He's currently serving as creative producer on Grasshopper's Shadows of the Damned. Still, the role of director is incredibly important in Japanese development when compared to the west, and fans are not likely to greet this news with cheers.
Nov 4, 2010