Keiji Inafune to leave Capcom

Friday, 29th October 2010 12:17 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Guess he wasn’t fucking about when he said he wanted to quit before.

Capcom R&D boss Keiji Inafune’s said he is quitting the publisher at the end of the month.

He’s been at Capcom for 23 years. He was promoted as head of the R&D group back in April

“A manager’s work means evaluating your subordinates and speaking your dreams. Anyone who can do both of those can be a manager. I thought that when I came here, and I still think that now,” he said in a blog post entitled “Sayonara”.

He added, having started out as a designer and having recently made it to the top of Capcom’s development hierarchy, he has nowhere else to go.

Inafune, who’s also stood down from his post as CEO at Capcom subsidiary Daletto, was the creator of Mega Man as well as help establish franchises such as Dead Rising, Lost Planet and Onimusha.

He hasn’t said where he’s going to go next, but he added he probably won’t work with Capcom again.

Capcom must, from here on out, walk without me. I too can not depend on Capcom.”

Since last year, Inafune has been outspoken in his comments on the Japanese games industry, saying at TGS last year it was “finished.”

At this year’s event, he said it wasn’t quite dead “as long as Capcom is still around,” before sticking the knife into the publisher with further comments, saying it had been “barely keeping up.”

Thanks, Kotaku and Andriasang.



  1. StolenGlory

    Can’t say I blame him tbh. Every single thing he has said about the state of the Japanese games industry has been spot-fucking-on.

    The only remaining piece of the puzzle was why he was still gainfully employed at Capcom.

    Best of luck to you son.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Wow! I wonder what this’ll mean for Capcom?

    I wonder where he’s going? Tango, maybe? Curious to see both those announcements in a single week… coincidence?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    “Wow! I wonder what this’ll mean for Capcom?”


    #3 4 years ago
  4. Psychotech

    At long last.He was the one responsible that Capcom sunk

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Johnny Cullen

    It’d be REALLY INTERESTING if he did end up at Tango with Mikami. Seriously, that could be more awesome news for Bethesda.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Dark


    #6 4 years ago
  7. Psychotech

    @5 first of all they do not have good relations with each other any more,quite the opposite.he was one of the main reasons that both Mikami and Kamiya left Capcom and they were not the only ones. second of all he better retire from the industry or he will shit on anyone who gets him and any game he participates

    #7 4 years ago
  8. brotherhoodofthewolf

    @7 how do you know this re him pushing out mikami and kamiya?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Mike

    I guess he wasn’t fucking about, no.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Johnny Cullen

    Added a bit more detail.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Superfrog

    Next stop: THQ?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. The_Red

    Once, there was company called Capcom. It had people like Hideki Kamiya, Shinji Mikami and Kenji Inafune working for it. They made great games like Resident Evil 1,2 & 4, Devil May Cry 1, Dead Rising and more.
    Then Capcom started doing some bad things… now, they are left with the hacks that made DMC4 while Mikami is with his own independent studio, Kamiya is at Platinum working with Sega and Inafune is leaving… Also let’s not forget Capcom’s brilliant decision to close down the Clover’s doors during previous generation of consoles.

    Good work, now enjoy your Lost Planet 2 sales and success. Dead Rising 2 was actually Successful? No problem, Inafune is leaving.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Whizzo

    /clicks on story about Gears XP weekend

    /gets confused

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Petulant Radish

    I am also confused, and not just in a sexual way. What about my beefy homoerotic men giving me lots of experience?

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Blerk

    Houston, we have a problem.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. abnormal alan

    some shit is def going down here

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Whizzo

    So is Capcom buying Epic while Inafune plays some Gears sitting on a pile of Lost Planet 2 boxes?

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Johnny Cullen

    This is my fault.

    I am on the worst internet connection ever in a train, using my iPhone as a modem.

    Basic mix-up, just.

    Should be (somewhat) back to normal now.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Bleak Harvest


    #19 4 years ago
  20. Moonwalker1982

    Damn, so what happens to his projects now? Like Megaman Universe?

    #20 4 years ago
  21. chronoss2

    this guy is shit.. he didnt do anything good, same for Takeuchi… 2 puppies!!!

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Exactly. Who gives a shit. Not like it’s someone behind the brilliant Resident Evil series or anything…

    #22 4 years ago
  23. DaMan

    this old man is a legend, he worked on myriad of Capcom’s titles, including most of their Mega Man games.

    anyway, I think Capcom’s R&D is officially fucked now. also I presume they will merge with some huge publisher soon, likely a western one.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. joshua nash

    all i can to this news is FUCK

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Michael O’Connor

    So… who exactly *is* left at that company with any creative vision?

    #25 4 years ago
  26. DaMan

    Jun Takeuchi… uh.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. YoungZer0

    Hope he just leaves Capcom and not the whole industry.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. metamorphic

    That is well documented. Also, Inafune DID NOT CREATE Megaman, he was merely the character designer; this is a common mistake by Westerners. Also, he was more or less a glorified illustrator; he wasn’t exactly high on ideas, which were created by other members of Capcom who weren’t promoted of course for whatever reason.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Moonwalker1982

    He didn’t ? Ok, cause i’ve been under the impression that he did create Megaman, by bad on that then.

    #29 4 years ago

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