Hideki Kamiya, director of Bayonetta and Okami, also co-founder of Platinum Games explained why he left Platinum Games.
Hideki Kamiya, the Unemployed Man Explained
Hideki Kamiya, director of Bayonetta and Okami, also co-founder of Platinum Games has left Planitum Games recently and started a Youtube channel. In the videos, he talked about old days and what he expects from the future. Aside from that, what Hideki Kamiya will do after that is a total mystery, even to him.
In a recent chat, Hideki Kamiya talked about his left.
“My work with Platinum Games was based on a relationship of trust,” said Kamiya, but apparently that trust broke down. “I decided to leave because I felt that the direction the company was heading in was different from my beliefs as a developer. Without that element of trust, I couldn’t continue working there.”
That’s more than Kamiya has let on in the past. In previous updates on his Youtube channel, he’s only said that he left the company “to follow my beliefs as a game creator and to choose the path I think is right.” Outright saying he didn’t like the direction Platinum is headed in is quite the escalation, even if he’s still polite when he talks about the company.
Kamiya didn’t directly describe the direction Platinum is headed in that he doesn’t like, but he did say that he doesn’t “think of games as products, but rather as works of art. I want to put my artistry into games and deliver games that could only be made by Hideki Kamiya, so that players can enjoy Hideki Kamiya games exactly as they are.”
It sounds like Kamiya is still on good terms with the company. The designer told that he only decided to leave after “many deep discussions” with Platinum CEO Atsushi Inaba, and that “although his beliefs differed from my own, we talked it out thoroughly, so we were both satisfied with the conclusion we reached.”
Reactions among Kamiya’s own dev team were a little different. Per the man himself, the sad reaction from many among his team took him a little by surprise. “The fact that many of the team seemed so sad about it made me think deeply about this point … I told them that anyone was welcome to come to talk with me privately at any time, and many of them did. Some of them sat and talked with me for two or three hours, some cried, and some others thought my decision to leave was irresponsible.”
Nevertheless, he doesn’t regret the choice. “I think this was the right decision, and it was a decision I made out of respect for my own stance as a developer. However, it makes me sad to think that I can’t work with the staff on my team anymore. I feel sorry about that.”
We will see what Hideki Kamiya will do in the future. But regardless which company he will be part of, we are sure that he will make stunning games.