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Shinji Mikami Discusses Joining the Bethesda Family

It's been a pretty epic month when it comes to Japanese developers quitting, or resigning, or moving to other companies. Somewhat forgotten among it all is the fact that Shinji Mikami -- the main mind behind the Resident Evil games -- convinced Zenimax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks, to purchase his game studio outright, technically putting his outfit in the same hallowed ground as id Software.

When asked about it, though, Mikami is characteristically humble. "I had been looking for a new business partner before all this, so I contacted ten or so companies during E3, both Japanese and elsewhere," he told Famitsu magazine this week. "Bethesda was the best match among them because they gave us the most independent development environment to work with as we pursue our goal of producing Japanese games that work worldwide -- that, and their track record when it comes to overseas sales."

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