Capcom veteran Hiroyuki Kobayashi leaves studio for NetEase

Capcom veteran producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi announced he left the company after nearly three decades earlier this year to join NetEase.

Kobayashi made the announcement yesterday (August 12) on his 50th birthday, posting the move on Twitter. The industry veteran left Capcom in March, with more information to be shared about his role at NetEase soon (via VGC).

“I would like to share something very special with everyone: after serving 27 years with gratitude, I left Capcom on March 31, 2022 and will officially join NetEase Games as a Producer.

“Detailed plans will be shared later, so stay tuned. I will strive to continuously create more enjoyable entertainment experiences for everyone in this new venture, in this new era. Thank you for the continued support” , concluded Kobayashi.

At Capcom, Kobayashi was a programmer on the first resident Evil and a producer on the 2002 remake of the game, then as a producer on titles like The devil may cry 4, the dogma of the dragon and Resident Evil 4.

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Resident Evil. Credit: Capcom

Kobayashi has also served as a supervisor and producer on a number of Capcom-inspired anime projects, such as those in 2007. Devil May Cry: The Animated Series and 2021 Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness.

NetEase also acquired more heroes Grasshopper Manufacture developer at the end of last year, with Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi established Nagoshi Studio as a “100% subsidiary” of NetEase Games in January this year.

Nagoshi Studio consists of Nagoshi himself and eight other staff members. These include a mix of talent and developers from the Yakuza series, the Judgement games, and Super monkey ball series.

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