Resident Evil 4 and Devil May Cry 4 producer leaves Capcom for NetEase

Tom West - August 12th 2022

Resident Evil 4 and Devil May Cry 4 producer, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, has ended a 27-year career with Capcom, which started as a programmer for the original Resident Evil, to join the Chinese games company, NetEase.

Hiroyuki Kobayashi started with Capcom as a programmer for the original Resident Evil game, which would be the beginning of a 27-year career that would see Kobayashi take on the role of producer on titles like Dino Crisis, Resident Evil 4, and Devil May Cry 4.

Hiroyuki Kobayashi joins Chinese games company NetEase as a producer

Making the announcement via a post on Twitter (thanks, VGC), Kobayashi says that "after 27 years with gratitude, I have departed from Capcom[...] and will be officially joining NetEase Games as a producer." Kobayashi is the latest Japanese developer to join China's second largest games company, NetEase, which sits just behind Tencent.

While the developer doesn't give any information about the game (or games) attached to the role, Kobayashi does tell fans that "detailed plans will be shared later, so please stay tuned."

“I will strive to continuously create more enjoyable entertainment experiences for everyone at this new company, in this new era," Kobayashi ends the statement. "Thank you for the continued support."

Recently, Yakuza creator, and fellow Japanese developer, Toshihiro Nagoshi joined NetEase Games to form a wholly-owned subsidiary, Nagoshi Studio, which is said to focus on "high-end titles for worldwide release."

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