Long time Castlevania series producer Koji Igarashi has left Japanese publisher Konami to launch an independent game development studio.
“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,” said Igarashi in a statement. “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.”
Igarashi worked at Konami for over twenty years, producing Castlevania titles including Dawn of Sorrow, Curse of Darkness, Portrait of Ruin and Order of Ecclesia. Igarashi was also assistant director on Symphony of the Night, launched for Sony PlayStation in 1997.
Igarashi is a featured speaker at this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. “There and Back Again: Koji Igarashi’s Metroidvania Tale” will trace the development of the Castlevania series over the past 15 years.
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