Report: Inafune founds â??Comceptâ?? indie studio

Report: Inafune founds â??Comceptâ?? indie studio

By Rob Crossley

December 15th 2010 at 11:18AM

Mega Man creator will not likely join an established publisher or studio

Keiji Inafune, the former Capcom salaryman who intently burnt bridges with his long-term employer, is rumoured to have founded his own indie studio.

The Mega Man creator previously indicated he would not join another developer nor publisher after his shock resignation as Capcom’s international development boss.

The likelihood of him joining an established Capcom rival now appears remote, as news reports suggest he has launched his own company, called ‘Comcept’, based near Osaka.

An unconfirmed report by Sliconera quotes an analyst who appears to been handed a new business card from Inafune – revealing the identity of his new enterprise.

The name ‘Comcept’, if accurate, could be seen as play-on-word reference to Inafune’s previous employer.

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.

The Mega Man creator said on his website 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 extraordinary parting shots – going as far as saying that Capcom is doomed unless it undergoes change.