PlatinumGames President, Tatsuya Minami, Steps Down

After 10 years serving as president and CEO of PlatinumGames, Inc., Tatsuya Minami is stepping down.

Japanese site Game Business reports that Minami will be replaced by Executive Director and Administrator Kenichi Sato.  Minami left the PlatinumGames studio in late March, and no word has been given at this time if Minami will remain with the company or if he has simply moved on.

Minami started his video game career in 1987, when he joined Capcom, serving as both the Chief of Production Studio and Producer.  As Producer, he worked on many Mega Man titles such as Mega Man Legends, Mega Man Xtreme, and Mega Man X5.  He was also Planner for many classic titles such as Final Fight 2,  Street Fighter II: Championship Edition, and the notoriously difficult Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, before creating his own studio ODD, Ltd. in 2006. This studio would later merge with Seeds Inc. to form PlatinumGames.

PlatinumGames celebrated their 10th anniversary earlier this year.  Along with Minami stepping down, the company also welcomes Atsushi Inaba and Seigo Tabira, previously from Developer Support, to the company’s board.

Fans of the PlatinumGames roster are still currently awaiting a release date for Scalebound, the upcoming Xbox One exclusive action title showcased at the E3 2014 Microsoft Conference, and directed by Hideki Kamiya.  There’s still no word on when this title will be released, but we’ll be sure to keep our eyes open for it.

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