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Resi creator to form new studio

Shinji Mikami to leave Platinum

The creator of the Resident Evil series, Shinji Mikami, has revealed plans to form his own game development studio in Tokyo.

Mikami has told Famistu (via 1Up) that he will move from Osaka to Tokyo to start up the studio, which will focus on bringing new talent into the games industry.

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"One of the reasons I'm building a company is to raise the game makers of the future, people who haven't gone pro yet," said Mikami.

"Game development is often overseen from a pure business perspective here, which is unique to Japan, and I have the impression that environment tends to prune away young talent. I really want to make Tango a company run from a creator's perspective, one that expands upon new talent."

Mikami is currently working alongside Hideki Kamiya at Platinum Games on Vanquish, which Mikami has promised will be "a brand new kind of shooting game that's incredibly tense".

Mikami says he's not sure what type of game he'd like to make first with his new studio. "I'd like to make a choice with the rest of the team as we grow our numbers. I've been speaking with a number of publishers as well, but we haven't signed any contracts yet."

[ SOURCE: 1Up ]