Veteran Capcom Producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi Joins NetEase Games


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Capcom producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi has announced his departure from Capcom after 27 years. To mark his 50th birthday, he will take on the same role at Chinese video game giant NetEase.

Kobayashi started out as a programmer on the Resident Evil series in the ’90s and has taken on producing roles on shows like Dino Crisis, Sengoku Basara and Devil May Cry. He is also credited with producing the Dragon’s Dogma series and more recently served as executive producer on Mega Man 11. He shared his latest career move on social media:

Today, August 12th, is my 50th birthday. So I want to share something very special with everyone: After 27 years of gratitude, I left Capcom on March 31st, 2022 and will officially join NetEase Games as a producer. Detailed plans will be shared later so please stay tuned. I will strive to continuously create more enjoyable entertainment experiences for everyone in this new company, this new era. Thank you for the continued support. Hiroyuki Kobayashi

Kobayashi’s move follows a string of similar recent stories. NetEase last year acquired Grasshopper Manufacture, the studio of Suda51. The Monkey Ball and yakuza Creator Toshihori Nagoshi has also launched a new studio under NetEase.

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