Iconic game designer Hideki Kamiya leaves PlatinumGames

Hideki Kamiya, PlatinumGames founder, on a background of Dante from Devil May Cry and Bayonetta

Hideki Kamiya, PlatinumGames founder, on a background of Dante from Devil May Cry and Bayonetta

Hideki Kamiya, the creator of Devil May Cry, Bayonetta, Okami and more, has resigned from PlatinumGames after 17 years. One of the founders of the iconic action game studio, Kamiya has been the mind behind some of its biggest successes.

Announced in a statement from the studio, Hideki Kamiya will be leaving the company in October. The award-winning game designer hasn’t retired from the games industry, but will be moving elsewhere for future titles.

“We regret to announce that Hideki Kamiya will be leaving PlatinumGames on October 12, 2023,” PlatinumGames said in a statement. “We are truly grateful for his creative ideas, leadership, and contribution to the growth of PlatinumGames from our start-up to this very day.”

The studio explained that the game designer will be moving elsewhere, continuing to deliver gaming experiences with another studio in the future.

“We believe that he will continue to succeed in his future endeavors as a game creator. We are looking forward to seeing the game industry grow into a better place with him in it. We wish him all the best for the future!” the studio said.

Hideki Kamiya isn’t the only PlatinumGames founder the depart the prestigious action games studio, although he is the most renowned. Famously, Platinum co-founder and Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami left the studio in 2010 to form Tango Gameworks, the developer behind The Evil Within and Hi-Fi Rush.

PlatinumGames will still be monitored by co-founder Atsushi Inaba, the current head producer at the studio. Inaba settled into the role in 2021 after spending over a decade in the role of CEO.

Hideki Kamiya has expressed interest in continuing his Bayonetta franchise in the future, especially following the multiverse aspect of Bayonetta 3. The game designer could be an advisor for the series in the future, but PlatinumGames hasn’t revealed whether or not the designer will be able to continue the series in the future.

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