Hiroyuki Kobayashi , who has been working at Capcom for 27 years and has a great contribution in the Resident Evil series , announced that he left the company and joined NetEase. Kobayashi, who started working as a programmer in the first Resident Evil game, also took important roles in many games of the series and other Capcom games. Finally, he would continue to serve as producer and planner in the Dino Crisis series.
Hiroyuki Kobayashi moves from Capcom to NetEase
“After 27 years of grateful service, I left Capcom on March 31, 2022 and will officially join NetEase Games as a producer,” Kobayashi said in a statement. “In this new era and at my new company, I will continually strive to create more enjoyable experiences for everyone.”
After working as a programmer in Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2, he worked as a planner in Dino Crisis and director in Dino Crisis 2. Of course, he has done important work in both Devil May Cry and other series, in large and small roles. The veteran developer, who turns 50 today, will now work under NetEase.
Kobayashi has yet to share details of his next project, but he asks fans to stay tuned for news about the next game. NetEase, the largest game company in China after Tencent, also acquired No More Heroes developer Grasshopper Manifacture.
NetEase’s moves include acquiring Toshihiro Nagoshi, the name behind the Yakuza series. They set up the new studio as Nagoshi Studio, which is wholly a subsidiary of NetEase. They say they will focus on developing “high-end games” that will be released worldwide, especially on consoles. Of course, they stated at the beginning that their target was the Japanese market.