Blazblue creator Toshimichi Mori is leaving Arc System Works

BlazBlue series creator Toshimichi Mori has left Arc System Works after almost 20 years. He started working for the company in 2003.

“I have something to tell all users. I, Toshimichi Mori, have left Arc System Works, the company I worked for for many years,” Mori said on Twitter. “I first came to Arc System Works after working on Guilty Gear X as an employee of PicPac, and I treasure many of the experiences I’ve had over my 20 years there, whether it was working on various fighting game titles or the Developing my own title BlazBlue , or connecting with many of our users.”

He continues, “I owe only a debt of gratitude to the Arc System Works staff and others who have worked with me, as well as to all of the users who have supported us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’m leaving Arc System Works. This can lead to certain fears, especially for fans of the BlazBlue series. I sincerely apologize for that.”

However, Mori also states that he is not done with video games. At the moment, he’s thinking about making a game for BlazBlue fans in some way, and he’ll focus on that endeavor in the future.

Many veteran developers in the Japanese video game industry have moved on from places where they first made their names, or have recently retired. Earlier this year, Yakuza series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi left SEGA to start his own studio, NetEase. Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy producer Shinji Hashimoto left Square Enix in May.

In other Arc System Works news, Guilty Gear Xrd REV2 is getting a rollback netcode on PC.

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