Atsushi Inaba

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Atsushi Inaba
Atsushi Inaba (cropped).jpg
Inaba at the Games Convention 2004 in Germany
Born (1971-08-28) August 28, 1971 (age 45)
Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan[1]
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Video game producer
Title Executive director and producer at PlatinumGames[1]

Atsushi Inaba (稲葉 敦志 Inaba Atsushi?, born August 28, 1971) is a Japanese video game producer for PlatinumGames. He is also the former CEO and producer of the Capcom subsidiary Clover Studio, best known as the creative force behind Viewtiful Joe, Ōkami, and God Hand.


Before joining Capcom, Inaba worked for Irem, specifically working on R-Type Leo.[2] From there he joined Nazca and then SNK, where he did programming work on Samurai Shodown.[2] After reading a want ad for Capcom in Famitsu magazine, Inaba joined the company in 1998 with hopes of working on the next Resident Evil game. He ended up working on Hideki Kamiya's Devil May Cry, and later produced games in the Ace Attorney and Steel Battalion series.[2] Inaba, Kamiya, and Shinji Mikami, as well as other Capcom employees, began working at the company's new second-party developer Clover Studio in April 2004.[3] Inaba acted as the team's producer and CEO, which managed to produce a few titles, including the critically acclaimed Ōkami, before being officially closed by Capcom in early 2007.[4]

After Clover Studio was dissolved, Atsushi began heading developer Seeds, Inc.[5] which later became Platinum Games. The company employs many former key members of Clover. In May 2008, Platinum Games announced a four-game deal with Sega. The games involved in the development and publishing deal include Bayonetta, a "stylish action game" for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 directed by Hideki Kamiya and featuring "a witch battling angels", a science-fiction RPG for the Nintendo DS called Infinite Space, and MadWorld, an "ultra ultra violent" action game for the Wii with black and white Sin City-inspired graphics.[6] A fifth game, Anarchy Reigns, was later added to this deal and was released in 2012 for PS3 and Xbox 360.[7] Inaba has also been billed as the producer for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance after Platinum Games picked up development from Kojima Productions.


Inaba was ranked number 49 on IGN's Top 100 Game Creators of All Time list in 2009.[8]



  1. ^ a b "Atsushi Inaba PlatinumGames Inc.". Platinum Games. Archived from the original on 18 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  2. ^ a b c Sheffield, Brandon (October 23, 2006). "Capcom & Clover, Over and Over: Former Clover Head Atsushi Inaba on a Post-Capcom World". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  3. ^ Fudge, James (April 21, 2004). "Capcom Announces Clover Studio". GameSpy. Archived from the original on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  4. ^ Miekle, James (January 30, 2008). "Clover Blossoms: Atsushi Inaba Interview". Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  5. ^ Sinclair, Brendan (February 14, 2007). "Clover vets reunite, form Seeds". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  6. ^ French, Michael (May 12, 2008). "Sega signs up Platinums trio". Develop. Archived from the original on 13 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  7. ^ McWhertor, Michael. "First Look At Anarchy Reigns, From The Makers of Madworld". Kotaku. 
  8. ^ "IGN - 49. Atsushi Inaba". IGN. Archived from the original on 6 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 

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