Yusuke Hashimoto, the man best known for producing Bayonetta and directing Bayonetta 2, has left PlatinumGames.
In a ‘more personal than usual’ tweet, Hashimoto made the announcement that he’d left the company on January 31st after spending 13 years there.
An announcement from me: pic.twitter.com/aXPUfJY6sp
— ???? Yusuke Hashimoto (@yusuke8shimoto) February 15, 2019
The statement reads as follows:
This tweet will be a little more personal than usual. yesterday, January 31st, was my last day at PlatinumGames. The memories I made during my 13 years at Platinum, working with dozens of talented individuals on Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2, and Star Fox Zero, are priceless to me. Let me take this opportunity to share my thanks with anyone who has worked with me, supported me, or played my games. I hope to take the experiences I gained at Platinum and use them on whatever I work on in the future. Thank you again – Yusuke.
It’s currently unknown if Hashimoto’s departure will have any effect on Bayonetta 3’s development, which PlatinumGames confirmed they were working on during the recent Nintendo Direct.
Along with his work on the Bayonetta games, Hashimoto also directed 2016’s Star Fox Zero, worked as a character designer on 1998’s Mega Man & Bass, and worked as an artist on 2018’s Super Mario Party.
Hashimoto also had several credits in the Resident Evil series, including being the VFX lead engineer in the 2002 remake of Resident Evil, an effect supervisor in 2002’s Resident Evil Zero, and an effect designer for Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.
Source: Yusuke Hashimoto’s Twitter.