Keiji Inafune, creator of Mega Man and the reason we know who Capcom are, announced today that he will be stepping down from his position at the company. Inafune was recently promoted to Global Head of Production, and was also the CEO of Capcom’s online games subsidiary, Daletto. He had been with the company for a whopping 23 years.
Inafune started at Capcom as a graphic designer, and worked on the original Street Fighter game. He was asked to do character design for an upcoming game called Rockman (Mega Man in the states, because America is mega awesome), and created pretty much everything we know about the game, from the sprites to the instruction manual. Inafune colored Mega Man blue because the majority of the game used blue tints. Thank God for that, because “the indigo bomber” would’ve sounded pretty stupid.
”Creative and professional stagnation” were Inafune’s stated reasons for leaving the company. He had made controversial statements earlier this year about the state of the Japanese gaming industry, which may have been a factor (read: probably were a factor) in this decision.
Dear God, what will become of the Mega Man Battle Network games? How could he do this to us?!
Seriously, this is exciting news. Inafune will be snatched up by another, possibly Western, developer in no time, where he will be able to properly express himself. Expect some Inafune creative juices in the near future. In your mouth.