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Keiji Inafune Sires Two New Studios

Felix Kemp
Games news, Keiji Inafune

Keiji Inafune Sires Two New Studios

Keiji Inafune, who ended his 23 year reign at Capcom last year having declared "Japan is dead", has thankfully returned to the videogame industry, founding two new production houses, Intercept and Comcept, with the express purpose of delivering content "beyond the ages".

Of the two new outfits, Intercept is primarily focused on game production, with Inafune setting himself a "new challenge for consumer game development". It's unclear when we can expect their first title, but it probably won't be for quite a while as the studio takes shape. Comcept, on the other hand, is gearing up for a mass-media assault, priming its output for "games, mobile content, books, music, video and even events".

Inafune spent 23 year at Capcom, where he helped usher in the likes of Resident Evil, Onimusha and Lost Planet, although he's most famous for creating the Mega Man series. Last April, he was charged with overseeing Capcom's Western efforts, such as Dead Rising 2, where the notoriously in-house publisher finally began outsourcing development to studios on the other side of the globe.

Eventually, Inafune grew tired of his role. Seemingly disillusioned with games development - and Japanese games development, in particular - he announced last year plans to leave the company where he'd spent the last quarter of a century. However, you can take the man out of the games, but can't take the games out of the man. Or something along those lines. He's back, and we couldn't be happier! [Eurogamer]

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