Resident Evil producer to board social game bandwagon in Japan

Keiji Inafune"Next stop, money!" said the questionable man in a gold-threaded suit as he yanked the social games bandwagon away from Street Fighter-creator Capcom's offices in Osaka, Japan. Keiji Inafune, one of the many ingenious minds behind iconic franchises like Resident Evil and Mega Man, revealed to Bloomberg that he has a social game set to release in Japan this summer.

Inafune joins Tecmo Koei, Square Enix and Sega as Japanese game developers that decided to board the social games train in hopes of making some serious cash. Not to mention executives from companies like Tecmo Koei getting up and running to money makers such as Zynga for the same reason.

The dejected developer claims that the shortsightedness of traditional publishers and developers (ahem, Capcom?) to not include developers in big decisions will cause them to fall behind social game giants like Zynga, Bloomberg reports. If you hadn't guessed already, Inafune left Capcom in Oct. 2010 due to managerial disputes, and has since founded two game companies: Comcept and Intercept.

One of which, we imagine, is working on this social game. And if we had to guess, it will release either on Gree or DeNA's MobageTown mobile network. And according to Bloomberg, the developer could release the game as early as this, so consider us here in the states "jelly," Japan.

[Via/Image Credit: Siliconera]

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