Katamari creator Keita Takahashi has spoken out on his decision to join Tiny Speck in Vancouver.
“It was easy decision because I am a freelancer,” Takahashi wrote in a post on Famitsu.
The post seems to be the first entry in a series called Love Letter From Canada.
Takahashi, who moved with his family from Japan to Canada in early June, said he’s interested in the daily life of other countries and had wanted to work outside Japan for some time.
Although he has “never played an online game seriously”, or worked on one, Takahashi feels some inexplicable similarity between Glitch and his own works.
“So I played Glitch and I talked with Stewart [Butterfield, Tiny Speck founder] and then I decided to join the development of Glitch naturally,” he summarised.
The already acclaimed designer has been almost invisible since his abrupt departure from Namco Bandai and the games industry, but said the decision was an easy one because he’ll be a “freelancer” at Tiny Speck and will have time to work on other projects too.
Sadly, Takahashi warned it would be some time before his next update as he struggles to compose in English. We’ll have to go elsewhere for our Tiny Speck fix.
Tiny Speck was founded by the original Flickr team, and is working on the unusual MMO Glitch, currently in closed beta.