Shinji Mikami Steps Down As Studio Head
By: D. F. Smith April 22, 2003 11:23 AM PDT
Shinji Mikami has stepped down from his position as chief of Capcom's Production Studio 4, according to a report by a Japanese stock-market analyst. Mikami has not left the studio -- he remains there in his capacity as a producer -- but his new role offers less control over and input into the studio's entire slate of projects.
Possible reasons for the move are twofold. Officially, Mikami wants to concentrate on his role as a producer, putting more involvement and effort into his own games. However, rumor also has it that the low profitability of some of Mikami's recent projects -- such as P.N.03 -- was also a factor.
Capcom is still recovering from the announcement of a significant loss incurred in the past fiscal year, which resulted in the cancellation of 18 as-yet-unnamed titles. The publisher plans to clarify many details of its situation when it officially announces its annual results in a few days -- check back soon for the full report.