Famitsu speaks with the famous producer about his departure from Capcom and future plans.
Yoshiki Okamoto, who oversaw the production of games such as Final Fight, Street Fighter 2, and the recent handheld Zelda titles, left Capcom last month to take role of principal at Human Academy Game College in Japan. In the latest issue of Famitsu, Okamoto-san speaks out about plans for his future game development studio.
Famitsu: What are the plans of your new company?
Okamoto-san: The new company is not ready at all. There isn’t even a building. (laughs) Beginning with one person, I am still in the preparation stages. However, even with a not very well designed homepage, I receive about 160 applications everyday. I do not know when it will be ready, but once the preparations are done, it will start game development. The company will specialize in game development, and will not distribute and sell games. Instead of me leading the pack, I would like the company to operate democratically.
Famitsu: What will the company be like?
Okamoto-san: I want to make an environment where games are developed by not looking at the faces of shareholders, but instead at the faces of the gamers. As a result, the company will not be public, nor will it have any sponsors. So there is not much money… I have pushed myself to the edge, and I am really starting from zero. But I have confidence that it will be successful. What I am planning to do is still at the larva stage. It is going to become a pupa, and go on to become a full-grown insect. So for all the gamers out there, please look after us.