Resident Evil creator directing his last game

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


  • Zeokroe - November 5, 2010 6:19 p.m.

    Sad day is sad.
  • neilmike - November 5, 2010 8:13 a.m.

    dont do much for pc, well fuck him
  • HumorTumor - November 5, 2010 12:56 a.m.

    All the things I love seem to be changing. Infune leaves Capcom, Mikami is not directing games, and the rumors the next Resident Evil will be made my a company that made some mediocre games.
  • n00b - November 5, 2010 12:56 a.m.

    @Felixthecat well so far its looking like the spiritual sequel to resident evil 4
  • Clovin64 - November 4, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    Very Sad Face =(
  • link07 - November 4, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    Feixthecat i am perty sure it will be
  • Felixthecat - November 4, 2010 10:29 p.m.

    Hopefully his last game will be something revolutionary for the industry.
  • FeatherFang - November 4, 2010 10:11 p.m.

    ^ I know! The mangaka of Crayon Shin-chan died too! And you know what happened to the To-Love-Ru artist (the one who created Black Cat) there was a reason why the original series was canceled and it had to do with his crazy ass wife.
  • 510BrotherPanda - November 4, 2010 9:50 p.m.

    What's with all this sad-sounding news from Japanese companies as of late? Inafune leaving Capcom, writer for Pokemon anime Shudo died, and now this?
  • ninjaemperor - November 4, 2010 9:48 p.m.

    Hopefully he's justpulling a Kojima
  • Aforextreme - November 4, 2010 9:42 p.m.

    I didn't even know Shadows of the Damned was a thing, but... Suda 51 and Shinji Mikami? Sign me up!
  • batmanboy11 - November 4, 2010 9:40 p.m.

    As long as he's still invloved in some capacity.
  • FeatherFang - November 4, 2010 9:35 p.m.

    Well, I hope he's going to be like Miyamoto and kinda work a bit on everything, lol I still can't believe he does that.
  • aberkromby - November 4, 2010 9:33 p.m.

    FIRST! Screw you all.

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