An interview from Japan’s CGWORLD magazine has revealed that Monster Hunter World: Iceborne director Daisuke Ichihara has left Capcom for a company called ILCA (I Love Computer Art), which specializes in high-end 3DCG production. ILCA has been involved with some pretty big titles, such as Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, Dragon Quest XI, NieR: Automata, and Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV.
A statement provided by Ichihara suggests that he left Capcom on good terms, in that he saw ILCA as an opportunity to shape a new team (“Kyoto Studio”) with his 17 years of experience in the gaming industry.
DAISUKE ICHIHARA LEFT CAPCOM FOR THIS REASON
Ichihara will not leave the industry after his departure from Capcom, as he will now be the director of the development team for I Love Computer Art (ILCA), a company specializing in the development of 3D animation and films.
This studio regularly collaborates with companies like Square Enix and Bandai Namco, as it is sometimes responsible for producing graphics and previews for major productions, such as NieR: Automata and Dragon Quest XI, to name a few.
Ichihara resigned from Capcom not only to change the environment, but he also wants to turn his career around and fulfill a dream he has always had: to create a team that can work on projects that he wants to do.
With this in mind, the creative seeks that each member of I Love Computer Art specializes in some aspect of animation in particular. So you plan to have a team with a high-quality preparation.
CGWorld’s interview also included a quote from Ichihara himself regarding his new position:
“It’s because I only live once. I want to create an organization that can realize proposals from staff members who have something they want to do. I personally joined this company in the middle of my career, but I have a strong desire to see this young organization grow with our own hands.”