Tango Gameworks founder Shinji Mikami is leaving the company in the “coming months,” news confirmed in an email sent out to employees.
The new email was obtained by our friends at TrueAchievements and has Bethesda Softworks senior vice president of development Todd Vaughn addressing employees on the matter.
“I am writing today to let you know that studio head Shinji Mikami has decided to leave Tango Gameworks in the coming months,” Vaughn said. “Mikami-san has been a creative leader and supportive mentor to young developers at Tango for 12 years through his work on the Evil Within franchise, Ghostwire: Tokyo, and of course, Hi-Fi Rush.”
Tango Gameworks was founded back in 2010 by Mikami and the studio was acquired a year later by ZeniMax, the parent company of Bethesda, who later got acquired by Microsoft.
The developer is known for their debut title The Evil Within and its sequel The Evil Within 2, after which they released Ghostwire: Tokyo and most recently the very excellent HI-FI RUSH.
Vaughn said HI-FI RUSH is “one of the most successful launches for Bethesda and Xbox in recent years,” and said that the title has “generated significant positive momentum for the business and Tango.”
Mikami is known for his over three decades of game development, mostly with his start at Capcom as the original creator of Resident Evil and other titles like God Hand, Dino Crisis, and others.
“We wish Mikami-san well in the future and are excited by what lies ahead for the talented developers at Tango,” Bethesda said in a statement confirming Mikami’s departure.
Tango Gameworks will keep working on supporting Ghostwire: Tokyo and HI-FI RUSH while Bethesda works with Tango Gameworks leadership on what their next work will be.