Rejuvenated Inafune hints at self-employment

Rejuvenated Inafune hints at self-employment

By Rob Crossley

December 1st 2010 at 1:05PM

Capcomâ??s former R&D boss broadens goal to 'social games, movies, books and manga'

Keiji Inafune is indicating that he will not join another developer or publisher following the shock resignation as Capcom’s international development boss.

The distinguished game creator walked out his Capcom job-for-life late in October, after a series of public outbursts regarding the so-called “death” of the Japanese development industry.

It was expected his next public appearance would be with a new employer, yet Inafune broke his brief silence in a new blog that suggested his future is not with another company, but his own.

The Mega Man creator said on his website (translated via Andriasang) that new announcements would be made on his terms – a scheme at odds with the PR-led traits of Capcom’s rival publishers.

In another indication that he will be working as an indie, Inafune disclosed his ambition to build “social games, online games, movies, books, manga and so forth”.

Inafune will help build software for consoles and portable systems, he appeared to say.

The highly experienced developer broke away from his Capcom ‘life-job’ with an extraordinary level of parting shots – going as far as saying that Capcom is doomed unless it undergoes change.

On his new blog he added: “I'd like to challenge things that I couldn't do during my salaryman era and greatly exceed my former self.”