Former Capcom executive Keiji Inafune left the company late last year to forge his own path, and now the Mega Man creator has formed not one, but two new companies. Andriasang reports that his two new companies, Comcept and Intercept, have been formed separately to reflect their different goals.
Intercept is a game production company with 10 million yen (approximately $119,000) in the bank as start-up capital. Inafune calls it his "new challenge for consumer game development," saying he wants to focus on originality, the power to pull people in, and games that cross eras.
Comcept, based out of both Tokyo and Osaka, also has 10 million start-up yen, and will deal with broader interests. It includes planning for games and mobile entertainment, along with development, sales and rights management for character goods, books, and events.
Inafune will be holding an online press conference on Monday, April 4, where he'll talk about his future plans. He left Capcom in October 2010, saying he felt he had risen as high as he could go. His position was the Head of R&D Management Group.
This came after Inafune had issued sharp criticism at Japanese game development, calling it "complacent" and "five years behind." He even included his own company in the mix, saying, "Wow, Capcom's ranked so low. However you approach it, we're dead. Resident Evil sold 5 million copies. That's still no good."
Comment on Mega Man creator Inafune starts two companies, by Steve Watts.
Well, I hope he does well, that's not a lot of startup capital though, hopefully he gets some more investors involved.