The official X account for PlatinumGames has revealed that Hideki Kamiya is leaving the company on Oct. 12th, 2023. This is rather shocking news, as not only has Kamiya been a driving force in many of Platinum’s franchises, he’s also the vice president of the studio. No replacement for Kamiya has been made, but you can see Platinum’s full statement on the matter below.
At the same time that Platinum shared the announcement, Kamiya also made a brief statement on X. You can see that message in full below.
As announced on the official PlatinumGames X account, I will be leaving PlatinumGames on October 12, 2023. This came after a lot of consideration based on my own beliefs and was by no means an easy decision to make. However, I feel this outcome is for the best. I will continue to create in my Hideki Kamiya way. I hope you’ll keep your eyes peeled.
UPDATE: Kamiya shared further comment on his departure via X. While it doesn’t give more insight into the reason behind his stepping down, it does expand upon the situation in general. You can read those comments below, courtesy of a translation from VGC.
“I thought I’d be bullied more because of my usual behavior, but I’m so touched by all the words of support I’ve received. Thank you so much. I’m not worried about my future at all. As long as I have your support, I’ll keep making games, and I’ll do my best not to disappoint you.
When I decided to quit, many of my old and young colleagues and staff were sad to see me go, and some even shed tears for someone like me. I realized once again that I was only able to be who I am because of the support of the people around me. I will continue to be grateful for the help of others.
“I will continue to believe in the spirit of creation that I have always believed in through my career at Capcom No 4 Development, Clover Studio and Platinum, no matter what anyone says. I don’t know if I’ll be able to continue to make games that live up to that belief – I don’t have a formula for success, but I’m committed to aiming for it.”