Rez creator stepping away from game development

Tetsuya Mizuguchi moves away from production at Q Entertainment; now acting as company spokesperson.

Rez creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi is no longer making games at Q Entertainment. Studio director Nobuhiko Shimizu told Eurogamer today that Mizuguchi has stepped into a more secondary role at the company.

Mizuguchi will no longer make games for Q Entertainment.

"Right now Mizuguchi does not produce the games," Shimizu said.

According to the report, since shipping 2011's Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game Child of Eden, Mizuguchi involved himself with academic work while remaining at Q Entertainment. Shimizu said he is now a spokesperson for the company.

Child of Eden shipped in June 2011 for the Xbox 360, selling just 34,000 copies during its launch month, before arriving in September of that year for the PlayStation 3. Both versions received warm critical plaudits.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Lamesy
Lamesy

It's no surprise that Eden underperformed - there were a number of problems surrounding the game's perception. No one liked the fact that it was being used to push Kinect/Move - it was basically a motion control martyr for the console makers. It also made no sense to launch 360 version 3 months before PS3 - an "art shooter" wouldn't appeal to 360's base, and PS3's base would feel insulted at second dibs.Eden would have a success story if they'd passed on motion control, kept the budget down, and released digitally (on both platforms at once) for $20-30.

00J
00J

Because some developers are being destroyed by Kinect, the illusion beset by Microsoft...

SolidTy
SolidTy

Take a break, recharge, and come back when ready!

Proman84
Proman84

That's a real shame that his talent is not used on making more fantastic games.

AlwaysRunning
AlwaysRunning

This is a sad day for gaming. Mizuguchi is a true genius who has been squashed by penny pinching publishers and the rise of the frat boy gamer.

 

It's sad to see him go, but you can hardly blame him. When your work is ignored and pushed aside by the masses, what can you do?

0m39AX
0m39AX

Rez is a masterpiece. Child of Eden is its spiritual sucessor. 

 

We'll miss you, Mizuguchi.

Klikandclick
Klikandclick

And so a great figure is lost. The man was a genius when it came to combining rhythm and gameplay.

EPaul
EPaul

Maybe he needs a break from game development

gokuofheaven
gokuofheaven

After following him since the good ol' Sega days, I understand why he would be stepping away from the scene.  Gaming is just not the same as it use to be :(

Zepthire95
Zepthire95

That's kind of a shame, Child of Eden is a pretty awesome and unique game.

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

 @SolidTy 

My sentiments exactly!  The guy's a creative force, but we all burn out eventually.  The landscape is changing, he'll be back though.

Kronical42
Kronical42

 @Klikandclick Lol your speaking as if he died. "is lost" "was a genius" lol he still is a genius..leaving doesnt mean his "genius" will stay behind :)