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The Father of Castlevania, Koji Igarashi, has Left Konami

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In a shocking reveal, Koji Igarashi has confirmed that he has left Tokyo-based Konami after working at the company for more than two decades. Igarashi is known by millions for his work on the Castlevania series, as he was an influential producer on many of the biggest and most loved games within the series

Igarashi confirmed that in leaving Konami he is going to start his own small indie development studio, where he can make the games of his dreams, and the games that appeal to his fans the most. In a statement to Polygon, Iga talked about his departure:

“I’ve decided to break out on my own to have the freedom to make the kind of games I really want to make — the same kind I think fans of my past games want as well. Leaving Konami was a big decision, and not one I took lightly — I’ve spent my entire career there, made many friends, and had a lot of great opportunities — but I hope all the gamers and fans who have supported me in the past will join me in being excited about what comes next. Wish me luck!”

Igarashi’s last day at Konami was March 15th, and he worked as a producer on over a dozen titles within the series. The first game he worked on was Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and he is credited for transforming the series into the more adventure driven “metroidvania” style that defined the series, before it was handed off in 2010 to Western developers Mercury Steam.

Koji Igarashi has a talk at the annual Game Developers Conference this year, “There and Back Again: Koji Igarashi’s Metroidvania Tale.” The panel is being touted as an exploration of his work and experiences in creating some of the most influential games within the series.

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4 comments
  1. UUDDLRLR BASTART
    UUDDLRLR BASTART
    March 19, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I hope to the gaming gods that IGA fares well in this endeavour. As a person of talent he clearly had no future at the husk of a company which he just left.

  2. Ronald Allan Zamora
    Ronald Allan Zamora
    April 14, 2014 at 4:04 am

    “Koji Igarashi is the father of Castlevania” What the hell? Don’t you know that the very first Castlevania in the whole universe was not made by Koji Igarashi so that title is innacurrate.

  3. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    April 14, 2014 at 8:15 am

    While this is true, I liken him to the same position as Keiji Inafune. While Inafune didn’t create Mega Man, he is large and wide considered the “father” of the series, as he was at the creative helm of most of the best games within the series.

    Iga is mostly the same with the Castlevania series, when he took over he helped build the series into a household name among gamers. He might not have created the series, but his name is basically the main one associated with the series, and the games he oversaw are usually considered the best in the series.

  4. Ronald Allan Zamora
    Ronald Allan Zamora
    April 14, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    While his games or Metroidvanias are good, they are still not great as the more linear and challenging Classicvania or real Castlevanias IMO, I remember that I have to go almost 1 hour away from home in a rental store where I can play Super Castlevania 4 instead of SOTN all over again which is available every rental store just a few miles away LOL. I find calling him a “father” of the series even if he is not creator is too much fanboyism or favoritism going on, even his games is considerably the best in audience point of view is still not a valid reason, that will be disrespectful for the true creator of the series or the NES trilogy that started it all which deserves more recognition than IGA’s metroidvania games.