Koei president resigns

One of the Dynasty Warriors publisher's top executives, Kiyoshi Komatsu, abruptly exits.

Yokohama, Japan-based developer and publisher Koei has confirmed that its president and chief operating officer, Kiyoshi Komatsu, has left the company. He will be replaced by the current head of the online and mobile games division, Kenji Matsubara. (CORRECTION: GameSpot initially reported that Komatsu was Koei's CEO. That position is held by Masaru Iyori, who is retaining his post. GameSpot regrets the error.)

Koei was established in 1978 by cofounders Yoichi and Keiko Erikawa and is best known for the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors series of games. The company is currently working on a variety of titles for next-gen platforms, including the role-playing game Opoona (working title) for the Wii and multiplatformers Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War and Fatal Inertia.

A Koei spokesperson confirmed Komatsu's departure and replacement by Matsubara but declined to issue a statement or give further comment on his reasons for leaving.

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65 comments
-Big_Red-
-Big_Red-

I'm glad he left, he's the man who just decided to pump out as much money as he can from the DW Series. See, now we'll get some different games. Not the same old thing every year. Buthey, I like DW, but it's just gettin old.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

Please don't let this affect the "Warriors/Musou" series of games!

longhair72
longhair72

Well, i hope it is going to be good for them...can't be much worse IMO

theevilvillain
theevilvillain

Maybe they will stop making that crap dynasty warriors serus

xxxmacroxxx
xxxmacroxxx

I can only hope that Koei gets back into form and stops making sub-par games. New material couldn't hurt em more than that dude.

kenerhai
kenerhai

I don't suppose that he took a look at the history of their games in the past five years and had some sort of groundhog day feeling? Like they keep repeating the same thing over and over?

Selfdestruct9
Selfdestruct9

Oh god, maybe he tried to rebel against them making ANOTHER generic beat em up' and they had to put him down?

lostn
lostn

Maybe he just got bored of dynasty warriors?

lostn
lostn

Maybe he just got bored of dynasty warriors?

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

time to update my rolodex...

double_decker
double_decker

Hmmm... I wonder why he really quit:|... Maybe they will tell us someday:) Hope the new person does a good job 8)

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

If you haven't yet seen Opoona go to gametrailers for vids. It's like a cross of spherical legos and Dragon Quest.

TryMe01
TryMe01

a new direction and a new leader... what will the outcome be?

zeldredz
zeldredz

robfield "All this new guy has to do is introduce GitarooMan 2 and he has my vote" Same here!

krimla
krimla

After making Romance of the 3 Kingdoms 12, he finally had a mental breakdown (which started at Romance of the Three Kingdoms 8).

robfield
robfield

All this new guy has to do is introduce GitarooMan 2 and he has my vote

Somini
Somini

I'm lookin forward to what Opoona brings to the table, but otherwise Koei haven't really impressed at all over the last few years. I mean, Dynasty Warrior is one of the crappiest franchises ever, talk about repetetive gameplay.

Trigun1
Trigun1

I would quit too if I helped make "GUNDAM MUSOU". Wow Koei has just wnet downhill in recent years.

chaduma
chaduma

DW/SW games are crap anyway, IMO. Maybe this new leadership will help assure some real innovation in the company and actually release some worthwhile games.

interpolred
interpolred

Interesting. I'm sure they'll function properly with new leadership.

cfamgcn
cfamgcn

Good luck in your next projects, Koei (cool name for a company IMO lol)

lzorro
lzorro

I wonder why he left :?

_AbBaNdOn
_AbBaNdOn

NOOOOOooooooooo!!!!!!!! DW/SW games freaking ROCK!!!!! Im never going to see another one of those games get upgraded??? Thank god I just baught Sw2 empires. Damn it some of you guys might not think so but this is a very sad day for gaming.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

At least he was replaced quickly. Its not like they lost any time.

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

People that type "first" as the comment are lame. Seriously, what is wrong with you?

vaejas
vaejas

/restrains self That's alright, there's a thousand more right behind him. :D

kenshinhimura16
kenshinhimura16

I want Gundam Musou on my PS 3. Common, great combination, Gundam and Musou its sweet, does anyone have the import, I wanted to know if it has cooperative as the other musou games

TimoTheThug
TimoTheThug

Well i can´t say i really liked the companie ... but good luck to those guys

MissAndDie96
MissAndDie96

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rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Awesome! The company needs new leadership. The Dynasty Warriors franchise has just turned into rehash after rehash after rehash. Hopefully the new CEO won't allow crap like that.

Digital-Hero
Digital-Hero

He didn't resign. =P He is using his katana on himself for failing the founding masters of KOEI.

Darkiewonder
Darkiewonder

haha. Maybe it's a good thing. We'll see.

DirtyRotten
DirtyRotten

This just in, according to a close friend of Komatsu a day before his decision was made to resign he had stated during a meeting "I swear to god if you guys make another Dynasty Warriors style game it's splitsville for me baby!"... ;)

cherrybomb257
cherrybomb257

Best known for craptacular Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors? I think not... Try the numerous STRATEGY games they created for the past 20 years... sheesh. Maybe now they'll refocus on what made the company great.

ellpoyohlokoh
ellpoyohlokoh

I think it's funny how people whine about too many Dynasy Warriors sequels when Megaman/Rockman has at least 5 times as many in the series. And I've loved almost every single one.

ng_gavin
ng_gavin

he made too many dynasty warrior games

blacktorn
blacktorn

Becaue he's fed up of making crappu dynasty warrior games lol

Phaje
Phaje

man, i just hope the next Dynast Warriors (and i'm certain there will be another one) is actually next gen and well developed unlike every other one in the series. and come on koei, there are so many other points in history you could make an awesome game on, why are you so single mindedly stuck on Dynasty Warriors. hundred years war is a start, but there are much better choices you could have made

GoddBless
GoddBless

Does this really matter to anyone? I mean I like Dynasty Warriors and I don't care.

Endless_Light
Endless_Light

NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Or is this a bad thing? Yeah, this can´t possibly be good!

komradandre
komradandre

he's a grown man. he knows what he's doing...

treelog187
treelog187

I didnt know people actually played those games lol. What if this new guy is a genius and Dynasty Warriors XXXVI gets game of the year!

narutoramen
narutoramen

i think he finally realized that consumers got tired of dynasty warriors, eleven versions ago & bailed.

StrikerGold
StrikerGold

NOOO!!! Say it ain't so!! Oh wait.... no, this doesn't affect me at all. Carry on.

Expane
Expane

maybe now they will stop doing rehashes and make something new