The veteran game producer Koji Igarashi who has worked on the Castlevania series has left Konami after working for them for over 20 years.
Mister Igarashi was the producer of Castlevania games such as Dawn of Sorrow, Curse of Darkness, Portrait of Ruin, Order of Ecclesia and was the assistant director and programmer for the classic Symphony of the Night.
Igarashi will now start a new studio so that he can make the types of games that he wants to make and that his fans want him to produce. He says that leaving Konami was not an easy decision because he has spent his entire career there and has made many friends in the company. He hopes that fans will look forward to what he will be working on next.
This is interesting (and important) news as far as I’m concerned. If he wants to make the types of games that he is best known for then this could only mean something in the vein of Castlevania. We’ve seen what Keiji Inafune is doing with Mighty No. 9 where he is basically making a new Mega Man game which isn’t called Mega Man. I suspect that we’ll see the same from Igarashi. If that’s the case then I can’t wait. We certainly deserve a good Castlevania-esque game from somebody.