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Veteran Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi exits Konami

Developer departs in search of more creative freedom, plans to form his own studio

Koji Igarashi, the long-time producer of the Castlevania series, has left Konami.

Igarashi's last day at the company was Saturday, March 15. He now plans to start his own small development studio where he will have more control over his games.

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"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 said in a statement.

"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.

"But I hope all the gamers and fans who have supported me in the past will join me in being excited about what comes next. Wish me luck."

In all, Igarashi produced fourteen games in the Castlevania series, starting with Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. He also produced two of the three GBA games and all three DS titles, generally believed by Castlevania fans to be high points in the series.

However, he was not involved with the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series, which was instead developed by Spanish studio MercurySteam.

The last Castlevania game to feature his involvement as producer was XBLA and PSN multiplayer title Castlevania: Harmony of Despair.

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