Today is a sad day in the world of gaming. Keiji Inafune, Capcom’s head of R&D and creator of Mega Man, revealed in his blog today that he will be calling it quits at the end of the month.
A company veteran of 23 years, Mr. Inafune rose from the role of character developer to the role of producer, head of R&D, and CEO of Capcom’s online gaming subsidiary Daletto. While he has not revealed any specific reason for leaving the company, Mr. Inafune has been a vocal critic of the direction the Japanese gaming industry has taken in recent years. Just last he openly declared the Japanese gaming industry dead.
Those worried that the legendary figure is leaving the games industry altogether shouldn’t fret just yet- Mr. Inafune doesn’t seem like he’s quite ready to give up on his creative roles “It would probably be good for me to sit gracefully in this seat and become a leading figure in the industry,” wrote Inafune. “However, I cannot do this. Settling down means death for a creator. As long as you are a creator, you cannot settle down.”