Koji Igarashi Leaves Konami

Monday, March 17th, 2014

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Koji Igarashi | oprainfall

I imagine our readers don’t need too much of an introduction to Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi. He has left Konami, with the intent of opening up new development studio of his own. His last day with Konami was on Saturday, March 15th.

He told IGN: “I’ve decided to break out on my own to have the freedom to make the kind of games I really want to make — the same kind I think fans of my past games want as well. Leaving Konami was a big decision, and not one I took lightly – I’ve spent my entire career there, made many friends, and had a lot of great opportunities – but I hope all the gamers and fans who have supported me in the past will join me in being excited about what comes next. Wish me luck!”

For those who don’t know, Igarashi will be at GDC 2014 this week presenting. We’ll offer more information as it comes. While you wait, be sure to check out our round-up of Castlevania reviews including Symphony of the Night!

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  • Herding_sheep

    Great news! “The same kind I think fans of my past games want as well.” Definitely. Can’t wait to see what Iga is going to work on. I’ve seriously been aching for a good “Metroidvania” style game ever since Portrait of Ruin (Ecclesia was good, but not quite the same.) Giving us a new game in the same vein as an SOTN with a whole new setting and mythology will be awesome.

    • Ookiiushi Desu

      I agree!!! This sounds fantastic!!! I would love to see a new metroidvania game from him. With console Castlevanias, I’ve been really disappointed.

  • Vinicius

    Can’t wait for his next metroidvania.

  • Coarse

    Nintendo: Hire this man and put him in charge of Metroid. That is all.

    • Vinicius

      As long as he dosen’t write the story, and work only with the gameplay, I’m okay.

  • Josh S.

    I am sad, but not surprised. Konami hasn’t done a blasted thing with Iga since Ecclesia, as far as I know. Waste of talent to keep him locked up. Hope he continues to make innovative and compelling Metroidvanias, or even something completely different and enjoyable.

  • Ookiiushi Desu

    This is awesome!!! He definitely has my support!

  • Thanatos2k

    I’m not too broken up about it. This guy was probably the reason we never got a proper follow up to SotN on a console.