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Koji Igarashi, Veteran Castlevania Producer, Exits Konami

Koji Igarashi, the man behind the iconic Castlevania series, who has been working on it since the days of PlayStation One and Game Boy Advance, has today left Konami.

Igarashi, also known as “Iga,” has so far worked over a dozen Castlevania titles in the past 20 years. He now plans to start his own studio where he will have more freedom and control over his games.

“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 released to the press. “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.”

His statement did not reveal what new projects his new studio would be working on. He will give a talk about Castlevania and Metroid-style games at this week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Fans would be hoping for Iga to come up with a new Metroid-Castlevania title and it’s possible that he could reveal his new project during his GDC session.

It should be noted that Igarashi was not involved in the making of the latest Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series, which was instead developed by Spanish studio Mercury Steam. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 was released earlier this year and was reviewed as a disaster. The game which was supposed to conclude the series that started on a high note, actually left a bad taste in our mouths.