Katamari Creator Felt He Didn't Belong At Namco

By Darryl Kaye on November 1, 2010, 10:16AM EDT

Keita Takahashi, the creator of Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy, has explained his decision to quit Namco Bandai last month. He has also express sadness at the industry's obsession with sequels.

Takahashi, who left Namco in September stated that "The games I was making were not necessarily the best-selling ones. I realised Namco was, as a business, going down a bit.

"Also, my colleagues were leaving to do another project. I started to feel like I didn't belong there any more."

He's now in Nottingham, UK, designing a playground with council funding - something which he currently feels is much more rewarding. Unlike publishers' obsession with constantly creating sequels.

"I can't deny the fact that people work on sequels. After all, it's a business. But at the same time, in the past decade or so, I've only seen most companies working on the safe side making more sequels.

"I haven't seen anyone trying to make something really new out of the profit they made from those sequels."

He is hoping to make more video games in the future though.

Source: EuroGamer

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