Resident Evil’s Shinji Mikami to form new studio

Shinji Mikami, mastermind behind the critically acclaimed Biohazard (aka Resident Evil) franchise, has announced plans to form a new development studio once work on the upcoming Vanquish has wrapped.

Speaking with Japanese publication Famitsu, Mikami-san commented, “One of the reasons I’m building a company is to raise the game makers of the future, people who haven’t gone pro yet," Mikami told Famitsu. "Game development is often overseen from a pure business perspective here, which is unique to Japan, and I have the impression that environment tends to prune away young talent.

"I really want to make Tango a company run from a creator’s perspective, one that expands upon new talent."

Elsewhere, Mikami also expressed interest in creating a 3D horror game, though noted this would only materialise when the format has amassed a significant user base.

"When it comes to my personal desires, I’d like to make a true-3D horror game, something where you’d use glasses like in the Avatar film," he stated. "It’s been my goal since the original Resident Evil to be the first in the industry to make a 3D game. There needs to be a large 3D television-owning userbase before that can happen, but I always like trying out new things first."