Well, we can’t say that we didn’t see this coming
With major changes running rampant within the video games industry as of late, it was only a matter of time before people began bowing out — and it appears as though that time is finally upon us, as Kenichiro Takaki has announced his departure from Marvelous after 13 years of employment.
Originally reported on by Gematsu, Takaki, who was “endearingly” known as the “huge boobs producer”, was responsible for many of Marvelous’ fan service-filled and over-the-top titles like Senran Kagura, eventually being put in charge of Marvelous’ Honey∞Parade Games subsidiary. According to an interview featured within Weekly Famitsu, Takaki’s primary reason for leaving Marvelous resulted from restrictions placed on the depiction of sexual content — most likely a direct result of the new policies put in place by Sony. He stated that he understood that sexual content within video games was criticized, but that there were still many people who enjoyed it.
For those who are worried, Takaki has stated that he will be finishing his work on titles that are already in production, such as the upcoming Senran Kagura 7EVEN, and will cooperate with Marvelous staff to ensure that the game meets current standards. He is also currently working with Marvelous on an unnamed multimedia project that involves both a video game and an anime.
Takaki has also confirmed that he is not leaving the video games industry, having already begun working at Cygames. It is not currently known what he is working on there, however.
“Even if my place of work or the nature of my titles change, what I show won’t change and I don’t want it to,” said Takaki. “I’m a game fan at heart; I tell dirty jokes and make irresponsible comments (laughs), but I’ll work my hardest to make games.”
With the details of Takaki’s departure from Marvelous having been made clear, it’s all but certain that things will be different from here on out. What do you think about Takaki’s leave? What other changes do you think that the video games industry will see? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!