Keiji Inafune: ‘I Fought Hard For People To Take Risks At Capcom’
Keiji Inafune has opened up about his time at Capcom, saying that he ‘fought hard for people to be creative and take risks‘ while at the company.
Inafune is currently working on Tecmo-Koei’s Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, alongside Team Ninja and Spark Unlimited. Inafune’s new company Comcept also launched a Kickstarter campaign for Mighty No. 9, a game that is essentially Mega Man in all but name.
NowGamer spoke to Inafune about his time at Capcom and what he’s learnt about the industry since leaving.
“When I was at Capcom, I fought hard for people to be creative and to take risks but within a larger organisation, you sometimes get numb to taking those risks,” Inafune explained.
“You sort of project it by the organisation. When I was at Capcom, I felt I was one of the ones fighting to take those risks and that I wasn’t numb to the fact that we needed to do that.
“But going independent and starting my own company, I realised that even I was still somewhat numb when I was still at Capcom. There were aspects where Capcom was protecting me. I think for a creator to be creative, they need to take risks and they need to be out there and willing to take those risks and be willing to fail.
“Starting my own company [Comcept], I have all of that risk. My company lives or dies on how we run the company, the creative ideas and the games we can create. I realised going independent, just how sensitive I need to be and how much more it takes to really push to take those risks and what those risks can actually mean to the company itself.”
He also talks about how you have to take risks and be prepared to fail – comments that make much more sense in light of the launched Kickstarter.