Keita Takahashi, creator of the Katamari Damacy franchise and PlayStation Network’s Noby Noby Boy, has announced his departure from Namco Bandai Games today. While we don’t have any exact reason why he left, a few recent interviews may explain it.
Takahashi recently told Official PlayStation Magazine UK (via CVG) that the industry’s recent shift has disheartened him, making him lose interest in games.
“At E3 I saw people putting on speeches but I thought the future seemed a bit dark. The 3D games didn’t spark my interest. I think motion control’s a bit old now,” he said. “I don’t think those games are the future. It all seemed a bit dull.”
Then on September 3, during what may have been his last interview as a Namco Bandai employee, Takahashi introduced himself in the following way towards tech blog The Setup: “I make video games for the so-so company Namco Bandai Games Inc. I am so inefficient I only made four games in 11 years.”
Sad to see him go. Apparently, he’s currently putting his degree in art design to different use, helping design a park in Nottingham, UK.