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Katamari Damacy Creator Announces New Company, Uvula

Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi and his wife, composer Asuka Sakai, have debuted a new independent company in Uvula, with the firm focused on collaboration in "music and video games".
Following the recent confirmation that Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi left Namco Bandai, the eccentric game designer yesterday revealed his new company, Uvula. A collaboration with Takahashi's wife, the composer Asuka Sakai, Uvula claims to focus on "music and video games", while expressing a desire to "widen our horizons". The 'About Us' page says: "We are glad if we make something new with you". Takahashi, who is currently designing a children's playground in Nottingham, England, talked to Gamasutra last year about the possibility of going freelance and collaborating with Western development studios. "I’ve been feeling for a few years now that I’m just not suited to the games industry," he said."My ideal would be to be a freelancer, working with different creatives in a far more loose structure." Takahashi has never been afraid to speak out against the industry. In the same interview he said "I‘m frustrated with the industry as a whole... I just can’t perceive where the fun is in recent hit video games." "I see nothing in them that resonates with me and, their success leaves me feeling confused. The things I find interesting and enjoyable just aren’t reflected in the popular games of today and, I feel like there’s not much room for my voice because of that.”

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