Inafune unveils new companies

Mega Man designer and former Capcom R&D head takes wraps off game development studio Intercept and multimedia company Comcept.

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Late last year, it was revealed by a Japanese game industry analyst that former Capcom R&D head Keiji Inafune was starting up his own company, Comcept. Today, it was revealed that Inafune has been founding not one, but two companies, as the official websites for Comcept and Intercept gave the first details on the developer's newest endeavors.

No single company can contain Inafune.

Intercept looks to be a tightly focused game development company. The company's site laments the current state of the Japanese game industry (a topic Inafune has brought up before) and insists on three central tenets that will guide development of Intercept games. First, the company's titles must be original, not simple imitations of existing work. Beyond that, the games must be able to draw people in and should transcend eras.

As for Comcept, it appears to be a more broadly defined entertainment company. In addition to dealing with the development and sales of games (including online and mobile titles), the company will handle production, manufacturing, and sales of books, music, and video programming. Inafune will serve as the president and CEO of both companies.

Until stepping down, Inafune oversaw Capcom's move to outsourcing its franchises to Western developers, including Swedish studio GRIN for Bionic Commando and Canada-based Blue Castle, (now Capcom Game Studio Vancouver), for Dead Rising 2. He originally joined Capcom as a graphic designer in the 1980s, working on the first Street Fighter. He went on to create the character design for Mega Man and then worked on the game's many sequels before graduating to the role of producer on subsequent entries in the series.

Discussion

43 comments
lowkey254
lowkey254

as long as the games are fun and original he'll do fine. the comcept concept is interesting.

macca366
macca366

Wow starting out as the creator and CEO of two companies, sounds very ambitious to me. I suppose once they both get off the ground he can always hand a CEO position of one of the companies to someone he trusts etc. MegamanX4 is one of my top games, I'm interested in seeing what Intercept's first project is and how it plays. Good luck Inafune!

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

i hope capcom hires intercept to do a proper dead rising 3, kinda like the relationship between konami and treasure (seeing as how treasure is made up of many ex-konami employees). but besides dr3, i hope keiji has much success and brings more innovative games to our currently oversoaked and bland "first-person shooter" dominated market.

Superzone
Superzone

I only have one request Mr. Inafune: Just make good games!

Slash_out
Slash_out

I thought it was comon knowledge he wasn't megaman's designer/creator, but appropriated it to himself. He was merely a low ranking dev on the project that didn't have much impact, if anything at all on the creation of the character/game.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Well it's good to see new companies still starting in this economic climate.

JinKisaragi
JinKisaragi

@jhpeter They didn't kick him out.. he just left

vaejas
vaejas

I'm so glad he didn't choose "Intercom". :)

okassar
okassar

He has a big vision, hopefully that translates into big games :) It probably will given what he has done in the past.

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

I'm curious to know what game Intercept will start with. Hope the company's successful, but it probably will be with Inafune's experience behind it.

Zevvion
Zevvion

For whatever reason I always liked Inafune. Even though I, of course, never even knew him personally. Don't really know why. I guess because he's a very honest guy. He had huge balls leaving Capcom just like that. He basically had the financial security any of us would kill for; lots of money and always knew when he would get it and from where. You need some sick courage and ambitious dreams to step down from that and go do something else. Seeing as how he know sets up two different companies and will be CEO of both... that's just insane. I don't know if anyone here knows how much work it is to set up a company, but it's pretty insane how much time and energy it costs. He must have some kind of plan with this. I hope to see allot of great games coming from Intercept, which is an awesome name btw. Comcept sounds like it will be a little less up my ally. Either way, I hope that whatever he's planning, he can pull it off.

zeifel
zeifel

I wish him good luck. Competition is never bad for the consumers :)

jhpeter
jhpeter

Capcom, my second favorite developer (behind only Konami) is down through the tube, taking out Inafune is the dumbest thing they made, its like Nintendo kicking Myamoto.

LordKaizer
LordKaizer

i'm looking forward to see what he gonna make.(just hoping he doesn't make stupid games)

brian_13un
brian_13un

Wow 2 companies... Goodluck outthere Inafune-san ^_^

Solamon
Solamon

Exciting! I can't wait to see what he cooks up now that he's not bound by Capcom's pre-existing titles.

KCKING23
KCKING23

inafune please make an action adventure game that like devil may cry and ninja gaiden pretty sure you can ace that section of games

goodemon
goodemon

yeah that guy's games are going to be the stuff of legend

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Can't wait to see what Inafune has to offer.

blaze_boy30
blaze_boy30

Fresh original games, eh? Inafune's talking a big game with this Intercept company. I'd be glad to see him back it up.

travisstaggs
travisstaggs

I really don't think this is a April Fool's thing. Here's to him making some kick ass games!

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

Comcept? Intercept? Inception?

King9999
King9999

As a fan of Inafune, I'm excited to see what his companies produce!

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

"insists on three central tenets that will guide development of Intercept games. First, the company's titles must be original, not simple imitations of existing work. Beyond that, the games must be able to draw people in and should transcend eras." I will lay money that any games coming out of this studio will be knock offs of something else in some shape or form. Inafune's hypocrisy continues to be utterly astounding. He likes to mouth off about the unoriginality rife in Japanese development, and yet every game he has made in the past several years has been so hackneyed and 'me too' in concept (Space marines fighting giant monsters? Zombie outbreak in a mall?) that he should perhaps consider what a major part of the problem he's attacking he himself represents before taking the high road.

Kiaininja
Kiaininja

I wish Inafune success with his new company. I'm definitely looking forward to see what fresh and exciting games he'll bring to the consoles.

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

Cool. Here's hoping he does some good, considering Capcom have been the decline as of late.

swamptick
swamptick

Not a joke. I am eager to see what he has in mind.

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

At least this news is not an April Fools' joke and is legitimate.

calvinsora
calvinsora

The caption under the picture is a dead give-away :P April Fool's! Still, this would be funny news even if it were true. Inafune is, well, odd to say the least.

pokecharm
pokecharm

I am afraid to read anything online today since it's April Fool's day...guess we'll find out tomorrow :)

Raxyman
Raxyman

I wish luck for the iniciative, but i'll always hate him for abandoning Megaman series. Oh well, we can't have everything can we? As long as he creates another badass like Zero on his new company, i can carry on XD.

jcbullen
jcbullen

@GodGundamNT1 Inafune can go *(on to create good games). *(He) should have have *(left sooner) and *(taught a valuable lesson to) Capcom. What a *(good idea he had to create some new companies with some potential insight into what makes gaming fun). Sorry, I just had to correct the typos in your post.

IdolConverge
IdolConverge

Hope it goes good for Inafune, sounds like he has ambitious goals.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

Inafune can go suck an egg, she should have appologized and stayed at Capcom, what a shame.

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

Gonna be funny when Comcept ends up jumping into the console market =p

jcbullen
jcbullen

Good to see Inafune going forth with some (hopefully) fresh ideas. Intercept will definitely have my attention in the future.