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Mikami sold to Bethesda due to overseas track record and creative freedom

By Alec Meer

Wed 03 Nov 2010 1:54pm GMT / 9:54am EDT / 6:54am PDT

Resi creator: "We didn't want to have to live hand-to-mouth as a studio"

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Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami has revealed his reasons for selling Tango Gameworks to Bethesda owner ZeniMax.

"We didn't want to have to live hand-to-mouth as a studio," Mikami told Famitsu (via 1UP). "If we did that, we'd have to take on work we weren't interested in just to pay the bills.

"I gathered the people around me now in order to create the best worldwide-market-driven development studio possible - the independence of that studio is secondary to that goal. I decided that we'd all be happier if we could take this shortcut to creating the great games we want to create."

He claimed to have talked to around 10 other companies before settling on ZeniMax. "Bethesda was the best match among them because they gave us the most independent development environment to work with as we pursue our goal of producing Japanese games that work worldwide.

"That, and their track record when it comes to overseas sales."

He also claimed that ZeniMax was sympathetic to his desire to step down as director following his next project.

"I can only last for so long handling both director and company president duties, and besides, I want to give our younger developers a chance.

"I'm pretty lucky that [Bethesda] was willing to accept that, too. Too many publishers are only interested in the very near future, after all."

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Terence Gage Freelance writer

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Sounds like it'll be a great partnership. Does this mean Mikami will not be working with Platinum any more then? I believe he's also involved in Shadows of the Damned too. Busy man.

Anyway, I look forward to hearing about their first development - am currently playing Vanquish little by little, and really enjoying it.

Posted:5 years ago


Private Industry

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Sounds like a smart decision.

He probably still can work with Platinum games, there is a lot of cross game development going on in Japan like Mikami with Platinum or Suda with Kojima. Looks like there is a lot more sharing going on in Japan compared to the west where you don`t really see any designer working together with a different company.

Posted:5 years ago


Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game

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Also, Platinum have finished their Sega deal, and could possibly make a game for Bethesda.

Posted:5 years ago


Massimo Guarini Founding Director and CEO, Ovosonico

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Mikami is indeed involved as Creative Producer on our Shadows of the Damned new title.

Posted:5 years ago


Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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^and as a HUGE grasshopper manufacture fan, I'm really looking forward to Shadows. Also, it'll be fun to see what Mikami cooks up with Tango at Bethsoft, that's for sure...

Posted:5 years ago


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