Hiroyuki Kobayashi, a veteran Capcom producer, has joined NetEase Games

Hiroyuki Kobayashi, a veteran Capcom producer, has joined NetEase Games ...

Hiroyuki Kobayashi, a Capcom producer, has announced his retirement from Capcom after 27 years. To commemorate his 50th birthday, he'll be filling the same role over at NetEase, a Chinese video game behemoth.

In the 1990s, Kobayashi began his career as a programmer on the Resident Evil series, then took on executive producer roles on series like Dino Crisis, Sengoku Basara, and Devil May Cry. He's also credited as a producer on the Dragon's Dogma series and in more recent times as executive producer on Mega Man 11.

Through social media, he talked about his latest career move:

Today, August 12th, is my 50th birthday. As such, I would like to share something very special with everyone: After serving 27 years with gratitude, I will depart from Capcom on March 31st, 2022, and will officially join NetEase Games as a producer. Further details will be shared later, so please stay tuned.

Kobayashi's move follows a string of similar incidents in recent times. NetEase acquired Suda51's studio, Grasshopper Manufacture, and Toshihori Nagoshi, the creator of The Monkey Ball and Yakuza, has also established a new studio under NetEase.

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