Resident Evil: Veteran Producer of the Franchise Leaves Capcom, Goes to NetEase

Resident Evil: Veteran Producer of the Franchise Leaves Capcom, Goes to NetEase

Hiroyuki Kobayashi, a veteran producer at Capcom, revealed via his official Twitter profile that he has left the company and is heading to NetEase.

The producer, who spent 27 years at Capcom, began his career as a programmer on the original Resident Evil. He then served as producer and planner for the Dino Crisis franchise.

The Resident Evil franchise is certainly one of Capcom’s most acclaimed, but since its debut in 1996, it’s been through many ups and downs. Regardless, the original game is still considered a staple of video games and still serves as an influence for many games released today.

Shinji Mikami, director of the first game, had already left Capcom a while ago and founded his own studio, but this week, another key figure in the saga announced his departure.

After serving 27 years with gratitude, I left Capcom on March 31, 2022 and will officially join NetEase Games as a producer.

I will strive to continually create more beneficial experiences for everyone in this new company, in this new era.

Kobayashi didn’t give details of his next project, but asked fans to “stay tuned” for more updates.

Kobayashi is the latest Japanese video game industry veteran to join NetEase. Last year, NetEase, which is China’s second largest gaming company after Tencent, acquired Grasshopper Manufacture, the developer of No More Heroes.

Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi also joined the company, founding Nagoshi Studio. The studio is a “wholly-owned subsidiary” of NetEase Games and will focus on developing “high-end titles for worldwide release,” primarily on consoles.

Does he intend to create a new competitor to Resident Evil?

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