After PlatinumGames, Inc. sent word of one of its co-founders leaving the company via X (formerly Twitter), soon ex-co-founder of PlatinumGames Hideki Kamiya confirmed that he is set to leave the studio he helped build on October 12, 2023. The video game director is known for developing titles, including Viewtiful Joe, Bayonetta, and The Wonderful 101. He is also, as of writing, the existing Vice President of PlatinumGames.
Per the game studio, “We regret to announce that Hideki Kamiya will be leaving PlatinGames on October 12, 2023”.
“We are truly grateful for his creative ideas, leadership, and contribution to the growth of PlatinumGames from our start-up to this very day,” it reads.
“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!”
Kamiya’s confirmation and pronouncement of his departure comes also in X, after the post made by PlatinGames, Inc. He did not disclose the exact reason for his imminent withdrawal from the company. But he claimed that it did come with “a lot of consideration” based on his belief. Additionally, he stated that it was “by no means an easy decision to make”.
Somewhat confusingly, the post was followed up with yet another comment saying, “I feel this outcome is for the best”. Furthermore, he said that he will continue to create in his “Hideki Kamiya” way.
A former employee of Capcom, Hideki Kamiya rose to fame after working on Resident Evil 2, Viewtiful Joe, and Devil May Cry. His last project with Capcom was with Okami where he was a director. In 2006, he left Capcom to establish a new game company called PlatinumGames alongside Atsushi Inaba and Shinji Mikami.
Although largely credited for games like Bayonetta and The Wonderful 101, he is also responsible for the development of the canceled Microsoft Studios project Scalebound. He is currently working on a new title that will conclude the “superhero trilogy” with Project G.G.