Tango Gameworks Founder Shinji Mikami to Leave the Company

Tango Gameworks founder and CEO Shinji Mikami has announced that he is leaving the studio.

The announcement was made in a company-wide email from Bethesda Softworks VP Todd Vaughn (confirmed TrueAchievements).

“I am writing today to announce that studio head Shinji Mikami has decided to leave Tango Gameworks in the coming months,” Vaughn wrote in an email. “Mikami-san has served as creative director and support for young developers at Tango for 12 years, working on the Evil Within franchise, Ghostwire: Tokyo and of course Hi-Fi Rush.”

Industry icon Mikami is best known for creating the Resident Evil series while at Capcom. The Japanese developer worked on several games in the franchise until its redesign with Resident Evil 4.

His horror legacy continued when he left to found Tango Gameworks in 2010. At the new studio, he directed The Evil Within and served as an executive producer on The Evil Within 2. Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax bought the studio the same year it was founded. . Tango Gameworks’ latest releases include Ghostwire: Tokyo and this year’s surprise (and surprisingly colorful) Hi-Fi Rush.

Hi-Fi Rush received special praise in an email, with Vaughn referring to it as “one of the most successful releases from Bethesda and Xbox in recent years.”

Bethesda confirmed the email sent to TrueAchievements, but released a statement wishing Mikami well in the future and saying the company is “excited to be with the talented developers at Tango.”

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