One of Konami’s long term employees who worked for the company on various titles like Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid, Pro Evolution Soccer and Dancing Stage has left the company after 17 years.
Known for his recent work on the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow games, Konami producer David Cox leaves the publisher to “explore new opportunities”.
After seventeen years I have decided to leave Konami to explore new opportunities. Today is my final day with the company #endofanera
— Dave Cox (@kiddracul) August 29, 2014
Cox started working for the company in 1997 as UK Product Manager with Castlevania: Symphony of the Night being his first title. Perhaps that is why the Castlevania franchise holds a special place in his heart as evident by his tweets.
“I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would be given the opportunity to lead the development of a Castlevania. I never imagined it would become the bestselling Castlevania game in the series history either.”
Cox was rumored to start work on a new Contra game which of course will now happen without him (if it does happen at all). As to his future in the gaming industry, Cox doesn’t seem to have any plans for now and will be taking a break before looking for something.
While unlikely, Cox’s decision of leaving Konami might have something to do with the poor reception of Lords of Shadow 2 which was built under his supervision and was his last Castlevania game.