Resident Evil Producer Leaves Capcom For NetEase After 27 Years

After 27 years of loyal and extremely fruitful service, Hiroyuki Kobayashi leaves Capcom to join NetEase.

Capcom has always had an abundant array of cutting-edge games. These include titles like the lucid Resident Evil, the Monster Hunter franchise, and the Devil May Cry. All of these games give you a front-row seat to horrors and adventures never-before experienced.

Capcom may have produced these amazing titles, but the actual credit goes to the producers and creators, and it seems that one astounding creator is leaving Capcom for good. Hiroyuki Kobayashi, the Producer behind games like Resident Evil, has decided to leave the company after almost three decades of service.

In his latest tweet, he tells his loyal fans about the departure and what the future holds for him. The translation of the tweet states, “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 have departed from Capcom on March 31, 2022, and will be officially joining NetEase Games as a producer.”

He continues, “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. Thank you for the continued support.”

The legendary Hiroyuki Kobayashi initially joined Capcom back in 1995. At this time, he was a programmer who worked on the original Resident Evil game. After much time and effort, he went on to produce various Capcom franchises, including Dino Crisis, Devil May Cry, Dragon’s Dogma, Sengoku Basara, and, of course, Resident Evil.

Now, after more than two-and-a-half decades of work, he decided to move over to NetEase, an internet technology company based in China and renowned for games like Fantasy Westward Journey, Tianxia III, Heroes of Tang Dynasty Zero, Ghost II, Nostos, and Onmyoji.

NetEase also partners with Blizzard Entertainment to operate the Chinese versions of its games, and this is to bring many products to countries blocked by the language barrier, including World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Overwatch.

Although the games that both Capcom and NetEase make are polar opposites, it could explain why after making action games for almost three decades, Hiroyuki Kobayashi has decided to move over to more passion projects. What the future has in store for him and NetEase, however, only time will tell.

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