Legendary Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi leaves Konami to start a new studioWritten by: / / 1 Comment
Konami’s legendary and eccentric Castlevania producer, Koji Igarashi, has announced that he has left the publisher that has been his home for over twenty years in order to start up a small development studio of his own.
Igarashi’s public statement read:
“I’ve decided to break out on my own to have the freedom to make the kind of games I really want to make — the same kind I think fans of my past games want as well.
“Leaving Konami was a big decision, and not one I took lightly – I’ve spent my entire career there, made many friends, and had a lot of great opportunities – but I hope all the gamers and fans who have supported me in the past will join me in being excited about what comes next. Wish me luck!”
After joining Konami in 1990 as a programmer, Igarashi went on to produce over a dozen Castlevania games including the classic Symphony of the Night, which under his guidance as assistant director and programmer he was said to have pushed for the style of gameplay and progression you expect from a ‘traditional’ 2D action-based Castlevania game. Igarashi’s last day with Konami was March 15th, 2014, marking nearly twenty-four years with the company.
Igarashi’s exit from Konami doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as he hasn’t contributed to a public project since Otomedius Excellent and Leedmees for Xbox 360 in 2011, with no meaningful involvement in Mercury Steam’s Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series, either.
It was announced earlier this year that Igarashi would give a talk at this week’s Game Developers Conference titled ‘There and Back Again: Koji Igarashi’s Metroidvania Tale,’ which will explore his “experiences and methodology in creating some of the most popular and influential games in the genre over the last 15 years,” so it’ll be intriguing to hear about his journey in the industry.
Good luck, Iga!