Keita Takahashi leaves Namco, calls it a 'so-so' company
Game design luminary Keita Takahashi, best known for the long-running Katamari Damacy franchise and the recent PSN/iPhone game Noby Noby Boy, has left Namco Bandai Games. His departure was confirmed to Play.tm by a company spokesperson earlier today.
In an interview with Official PlayStation Magazine in August, Takahashi expressed a disinterest in video games after seeing the direction the industry was taking after E3. "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," OPM sister publication CVG quotes him as saying. "I don't think those games are the future. It all seemed a bit dull."
In what may have been his last interview at Namco Bandai, Takahashi seemed cynical of both his position at the publisher and his employer as a whole. "I make video games for the so-so company Namco Bandai Games Inc," he told tech blog The Setup last week. "I am so inefficient I only made four games in 11 years."
Takahashi expressed interest in using his art degree outside of video games. He is currently helping to re-design a park in Nottingham, UK.
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