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Shinji Mikami set to leave Tango Gameworks

Founder and CEO of studio behind Hi-Fi Rush, The Evil Within
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Shinji Mikami, who founded Tango Gameworks in 2010, will leave the studio in the ongoing year. This has been communicated to employees through an email sent by Todd Vaughn, the senior vice president of Bethesda, whose parent company ZeniMax Media purchased the company not long after its founding.

According to TrueAchievements, which has seen this email and reported on it, Vaughn wrote: “I am writing today to let you know that studio head Shinji Mikami has decided to leave Tango Gameworks in the coming months. Mikami-san has been a creative leader and supportive mentor to young developers at Tango for 12 years through his work on the Evil Within franchise, Ghostwire: Tokyo, and of course, Hi-Fi Rush.”

Shinji Mikami, founder and CEO of Tango Gameworks.

Shinji Mikami, founder and CEO of Tango Gameworks.

Before he left to create his own studio, Shinji Mikami worked at Capcom, where he was seen as instrumental in creating the legendary Resident Evil franchise. He brought this interest and great experience in the survival horror genre over to his new studio, where he went on to create The Evil Within, which quickly got a sequel, and Ghostwire: Tokyo.

Most recently he was the executive producer on Xbox Game Pass surprise hit Hi-Fi Rush, a game that could not be more different from his usual projects.

There is no indication as yet what Shinji Mikami’s next plans might be and when exactly he will leave the company.

Tango Gameworks apparently has no new project coming up at the moment, but will continue working on supporting Ghostwire: Tokyo, which was released in 2022, and Hi-Fi Rush for now.