Atsushi Inaba at the Games Convention 2004 in Germany
August 28, 1971 |
Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
|Occupation||Video game producer|
|Title||Executive director and producer at Platinum Games|
Atsushi Inaba (稲葉 敦志 Inaba Atsushi?, born August 28, 1971 in Kanazawa, Ishikawa) is a Japanese video game producer for Platinum Games. 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. From there he joined Nazca and then SNK, where he did programming work on Samurai Shodown. 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. 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. 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.
After Clover Studio was dissolved, Atsushi began heading developer Seeds, Inc. 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. A fifth game, Anarchy Reigns, was later added to this deal and was released in 2012 for PS3 and Xbox 360. Inaba has also been billed as the producer for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance after Platinum Games picked up development from Kojima Productions.
- Bomberman World - (1992, Arcade)
- R-Type Leo - (1992, Arcade)
- Samurai Shodown - (1993, Arcade)
- Biohazard Code: Veronica Complete Edition - (2001, Dreamcast)
- Devil May Cry - (2001, PlayStation 2)
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - (2001, Game Boy Advance)
- Granbo - (2001, Game Boy Advance)
- Black Black - (2002, Game Boy Advance)
- Steel Battallion - (2002, Xbox)
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All - (2002, Game Boy Advance)
- Viewtiful Joe - (2003, GameCube)
- Steel Battalion: Line of Contact - (2004, Xbox)
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations - (2004, Game Boy Advance)
- Viewtiful Joe 2 - (2004, GameCube/PlayStation 2)
- Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble - (2005, GameCube/2006, PlayStation Portable)
- Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble! - (2005, Nintendo DS)
- Ōkami - (2006, PlayStation 2)
- God Hand - (2006, PlayStation 2)
- MadWorld - (2009, Wii)
- Infinite Space - (2009, Nintendo DS)
- Vanquish - (2010, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
- Anarchy Reigns - (2012, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
- The Wonderful 101 - (2013, Wii U)
- Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - (2013, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows)
- Bayonetta 2 - (2014, Wii U)
- Scalebound - (2016, Xbox One)
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