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Tango Gameworks Founder Shinji Mikami Shares Brief Reaction to Studio Closure

Following the announcement that Microsoft was shutting down Hi-Fi Rush and The Evil Within developer Tango Gameworks (along with a number of other studios), many have wondered what its founder, the famous director of Resident Evil, Shinji Mikami, would have to say on this subject. the question.

Mikami shared his thoughts on the studio’s closure a few hours later – albeit very briefly.

“Tango is closed,” Mikami wrote on X/Twitter today. “Sad.”

Mikami founded Tango Gameworks in 2010, and the studio went on to release The Evil Within (which Mikami himself directed), The Evil Within 2, Ghostwire: Tokyo, and most recently the critically acclaimed Hi-Fi Rush. which surprises. abandoned last year. However, more than a decade after Tango’s launch, Bethesda confirmed in a February 2023 X/Twitter post that Mikami would be leaving the studio “in the coming months.” It seems he opened a new studio, KAMUY, around March.

Tango was acquired by Zenimax Media the same year it launched, falling under the Microsoft umbrella following Microsoft’s acquisition of Zemimax in 2021.

It has been revealed that Shinji Mikami will be leaving Tango Gameworks in February 2023. (Image credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
It has been revealed that Shinji Mikami will be leaving Tango Gameworks in February 2023. (Image credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Mikami opened up about his departure from Tango in an interview with Byking last month, explaining that he wanted to leave eight years before he did so. He explained that he didn’t leave on bad terms and instead wanted to leave room for young talent to develop while giving himself the chance to create smaller, more unique games.

Tango was one of several studios to receive the ax today in a series of devastating cuts. As revealed via an email to staff obtained by IGN, Microsoft is also shuttering Redfall studio Arkane Austin and mobile game maker Mighty Doom Alpha Dog Games, with Roundhouse Studios set to be absorbed by ZeniMax Online Studios.

As a result of these cuts, Microsoft ended development on Redfall and canceled upcoming DLC, even though Arkane Austin was actively working on a big update for the game, IGN has learned.

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Alex Stedman is a senior news editor at IGN, overseeing entertainment reporting. When she’s not writing or editing, you can find her reading fantasy novels or playing Dungeons & Dragons.



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