Popular Child of Eden and Lumines producer, James Mielke, has announced his departure from Tetsuya Mizuguchi studio Q Entertainment.
The former games journalist will now relocate to Kyoto to join PixelJunk developer Q-Games, where he'll again act as producer on an unannounced project, he told CVG.
"I have had a wonderful three years at this company, fulfilling a lifelong dream of residing in my mother's home country," Mielke said of Q Entertainment.
"It's thanks to my mentor and one of my best friends, Tetsuya Mizuguchi that I was able to come to Japan in the first place. He is truly as wonderful, positive, and cheerful as you probably assume he is. He's an amazing, positive force who helped me keep my head on straight in stressful times.
"No problem was ever too great to put a wrinkle in his smile. I guess he saw something in me or my editorial work that compelled him to invite me to work on Child of Eden, before handing me the keys to the Lumines franchise, which we - I like to think - successfully rebooted with Electronic Symphony.
"It's not every day a guy like me gets to put his fingerprints on two great games in under three years, so for every learning experience and insight I gained and relationship I built while checking into every day at Q headquarters, I have Mizuguchi-san to thank."
After much consideration Mielke said he's decided to continue his career in Japan.
"To be clear, Q and I are parting company on the best of terms. For a lot of reasons I won't bore you with the time felt right to shift gears and move forward," he said.
"Ultimately, I have decided to stay in Japan for the time being, relocating to Kyoto. I plan to announce my next adventure shortly, which is something I'm very excited about."
Good luck, James.