Makoto Asada has stepped down from his roles as producer and game development head at Cave, best known for its Dodonpachi series.
"About five years have gone by since I entered Cave to help with the company's Xbox 360 branch, and as some of you may already know, I will be leaving the company of Cave. This is something that has been decided since August of last year, and it may be a surprising last-minute announcement, but I'd like to thank you all for your support up until now," he wrote in a statement, translated by Siliconera.
"As for what I'll be doing next, I will be working on next-generation console projects, and it shouldn't be long until I can announce my next work to you all."
During his time with the company Asada worked on Deathsmiles, Guwange, and Espgaluda 2 Black Label as well as mobile title and "maximum bullet simulator" DoDonPachi Maximum.