Two months after leaving Platinum Games, co-founder and The Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta director Hideki Kamiya has revealed why he left the studio. In a new interview with IGNKamiya told the publication “because I felt the direction the company was going was different from my beliefs as a developer.”
“Without that element of trust, I couldn’t continue working there, so I left so I could continue doing what I consider to be the right way,” Kamiya said. “I don’t think of games as products, but rather as works of art. I want to put my artistry into games and deliver games that only Hideki Kamiya can make, so that players can enjoy Hideki Kamiya’s games exactly. .
“I decided to leave the company and forge my own path, to continue making games that reflect the developers who made them.”
Kamiya announced in September that he would be leaving the company. His last day was October 12, and on the same day, he revealed that he had started a YouTube channel. In his final month at Platinum, his departure and the creation of the Hideki Kamiya channel, Kamiya did not reveal why he left the studio, leaving fans questioning the decision. Thanks for this new interview IGNWe now know it’s about creative direction.
Remaining in the interview, Kamiya had many in-depth discussions with Platinum president Atsushi Inaba about his potential departure, deciding to leave only after the two agreed.
“Inaba had his own beliefs as the head of the company,” Kamiya said IGN. “Even though his beliefs differed from mine, we talked it through thoroughly, so we were both satisfied with the conclusion we reached.”
Kamiya said the reaction from the development teams at Platinum was sad, with some crying in his office about it. Despite the sadness, Kamiya said he doesn’t regret his decision to quit.
For more on Kamiya’s departure, his future, and his thoughts on the game’s development, Don’t forget to read of IGN Full interview here.
Before co-founding Platinum in February 2006, Kamiya worked on Capcom’s Resident Evil series, helping to plan the first game and directing its sequel and its Devil May Cry series. He directed the first Beautiful Joe game, and then Okami in 2006 at Capcom’s Clover Studios. Capcom closed Clover later that year but Platinum was already somewhat established under the name Seeds, Inc. It was later renamed Platinum Games and the rest is history.
Kamiya left 17 years after founding Platinum with Shinji Mikami, who is no longer around and left Tango Gameworks earlier this year, and Atsushi Inaba, the studio’s CEO.
While Kamiya waits to learn what’s next, read on Game Informers Check out our thoughts on the Bayonetta review and then Marvel 101. Read on Game Informers Bayonetta 3 review After that and then read our review of Bayonetta originals: Cereza and Last Demon.
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