Capcom legend Keiji Inafune is to quit his job at the company at the end of the month.
Known to many as the father of Mega Man, Capcom's global head of production announced the news on his blog, noting that he'd achieved all of his software development goals at the publisher.
"It would probably be good for me to sit gracefully in this seat and become a leading figure in the industry," he said (via Andriasang). "However, I cannot do this. Settling down means death for a creator. As long as you are a creator, you cannot settle down."
"Capcom is truly a good company," he continued. "I love Capcom. Probably more than anyone in the world. However, it's not always the case that your hopes are realized. Just as it was with the girlfriend I loved long ago.
"There was a chance that I could continue to be Capcom's power. I bet on that chance until the end. The means of both Capcom and myself to be happy. That was surely possible. However, now that chance is completely closed off."
Inafune also seemingly dismissed the chances of working with Capcom again in the future.
"Capcom must, from here on out, walk without Inafune. I too can not depend on Capcom."
Despite his praise for the company, Inafune said earlier this month of his job: "I hate it! I want to retire early and take it easy."