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Hiroyuki Kobayashi Leaves Capcom After 27 Years to Join NetEase

The producer worked on a number of Capcom franchises including Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, and Dragon's Dogma.

Capcom producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi revealed he has left the company after 27 years. The producer left the Japanese publisher on March 31 but an official announcement was made only in August timed to coincide with Kobayashi's 50th birthday.

Kobayashi had worked at Capcom since 1995 and, among other things, served as a producer on a number of Capcom franchises including Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, and Dragon's Dogma. In addition to producing, he was involved in game design, video editing, and script writing.

Kobayashi will continue his career as a producer in the gaming industry but now will be working at the Chinese developer and publisher NetEase Games.

"Today, August 12th, is my 50th birthday," Kobayashi wrote on Twitter. "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 31st and will be officially joining NetEase as a producer."

The producer also promised to share more details on his new role in the future.

NetEase has significantly expanded in recent months making several notable investments, acquisitions, and hires. In July, it announced the formation of its new first-party studio, Jar Of Sparks, led by Xbox veteran Jerry Hook as well as invested "several million dollars" in the newly-formed Polish studio Something Random.

In January 2022, the Chinese company established a Tokyo-based studio headed by the Yakuza creator and a former chief creative officer at Sega Toshihiro Nagoshi, and prior to this, it acquired Grasshopper Manufacture, the Japanese developer known for No More Heroes, Killer is Dead, and Lollipop Chainsaw.

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