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Hideki Kamiya

Hideki Kamiya (神谷 英樹 Kamiya Hideki?), born December 19, 1970, was the original director of the first installment in the Devil May Cry series, and contributed his talents to other Capcom works such as Okami, Resident Evil and Viewtiful Joe.

Following the closure of Capcom's Clover Studios, which Kamiya was a direct part of, he left the company and would later go on to found Platinum Games Inc., along with many former Clover Employees.

CareerEdit

Hideki Kamiya in 2002

Kamiya in 2002, during the developemt of Viewtiful Joe. [1]

After graduating from college, Kamiya applied to various game developers. He was turned down by SEGA and had an application with Namco. However, Namco wanted Kamiya to be a game artist rather than a game director, a proposition which he would turn down. He later worked with Capcom in 1994 as the planner of Resident Evil and the director of Resident Evil 2, and would later serve as director of the first installment of the Devil May Cry with a group known as Team Little Devils, eventually becoming a key member of Capcom's Clover Studios department, where he directed games such as Okami and Viewtiful Joe.

In 2006, following the closure of Clover Studios due to the financial failure of their final game, God Hand, Kamiya and many former Clover Studios employees left Capcom to found their own game company, Seeds Inc., which would later become Platinum Games Inc., creating titles such as Bayonetta and The Wonderful 101.

Involvement in the Devil May Cry seriesEdit

Hideki Kamiya directed the first Devil May Cry game along with the rest of it's creative team, dubbed "Team Little Devils"; however, beginning with the second game, the director of the Devil May Cry series would become Hideaki Itsuno, and Team Little Devils was essentially phased out of the series as a creative influence.

Kamiya also penned two graphic novels during his time as director of the first Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry Volume 1 and Devil May Cry Volume 2, expanding on Dante's backstory, detailing his life before and after the first game, respectively.

Despite the immense success of the first installment, Kamiya was not called upon by Capcom to return as the director for 2003's Devil May Cry 2, with Hideaki Itsuno being appointed director, a move which greatly surprised Kamiya. He would later go on to lament Capcom's decision to exclude him, wishing he had continued to be involved in the series.

Although the development of 2008's Devil May Cry 4 featured the return of many members of Team Little Devils to aid in it's creation, Kamiya did not return in any shape or form.

One of the latest games where Kamiya served as director, Bayonetta, features many of the same key concepts and ideas of the original Devil May Cry, with an emphasis on stylish combos and over the top character personalities. Furthering the connection is it's development team, "Team Little Angels", a direct counterpart to Team Little Devils, and the game itself features direct referenced to the game, with characters such as Enzo, Antonio Redgrave, and Eva.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. GAME Watch
Companies
Capcom - Ninja Theory
Directors
Hideki Kamiya - Hideaki Itsuno - Hiroyuki Kobayashi
Producers
Hiroyuki Kobayashi - Tsuyoshi Tanaka - Katsuhiro Sudo - Motohide Eshiro - Takayasu Yanagihara - Alex Jones - Michiteru Okabe - Matthew Walker
Writers
Noboru Sugimura - Katsuya Akitomo - Masashi Takimoto - Shusaku Matsukawa - Bingo Morihashi - Takayasu Yanagihara - Tameem Antoniades
Character Designers
Tatsuya Yoshikawa - Daigo Ikeno - Makoto Tsuchibayashi
Voice Actors
English: Adam D. Clark - Andrea Deck - Andrew Love - Chris Ayres - Christine Auten - Daniel Southworth - Danielle Burgio - David de Lautour - David Keeley - David Matranga - Drew Coombs - Françoise Gralewski - Flo DiRe - Hilary Haag - Howard Jerome - Jay Hickman - John Swasey - Johnny Yong Bosch - Jonathan Mallen - Kari Wahlgren - Kate Higgins - Kyle Hebert - Larry Leong - Liam O'Brien - Lou Beatty Jr. - Louis Herthum - Luci Christian - Mary Elizabeth McGlynn - Matthew Kaminsky - Melissa Davis - Race Davies - Richard Ridings - Rebecca Blackson - Reuben Langdon - Rob Mungle - Robin Riker - Sage Mears - Sarah Lafleur - Sherman Howard - Stephanie Sheh - T.J. Storm - Terence J. Rotolo - Tim Phillipps - Tony Daniels
Japanese: Akemi Okamura - Akira Sasanuma - Akio Ōtsuka - Atsuko Tanaka - Aya Hisakawa - Chafurin - Dai Matsumoto - Fumiko Orikasa - Hidenobu Kiuchi - Hideyuki Umezu - Hiroaki Hirata - Hirofumi Nojima - Ikuya Sawaki - Jōji Nakata - Kaito Ishikawa - Kaneta Kimotsuki - Kappei Yamaguchi - Katsuhisa Hōki - Katsuyuki Konishi - Kazunari Tanaka - Kazuya Tatekabe - Kenji Nomura - Kenta Miyake - Kenyu Horiuchi - Kishō Taniyama - Kōji Watanabe - Kōki Uchiyama - Kōsei Hirota - Kōsuke Takeuchi - Kyōsei Tsukui - Lynn - Masafumi Kimura - Masaki Terasoma - Misato Fukuen - Mitsuaki Hoshino - Miyoko Asō - Nachi Nozawa - Natsuko Kuwatani - Nobuaki Fukuda - Rikiya Koyama - Rintarō Nishi - Romi Park - Ryōka Yuzuki - Ryūji Nakagi - Sakiko Tamagawa - Saori Hayami - Shin'ichirō Miki - Shōzō Iizuka - Taiten Kusunoki - Takayasu Usui - Tomokazu Seki - Tomokazu Sugita - Tomoyuki Shimura - Toshiyuki Morikawa - Urara Takano - Yasunori Matsumoto - Yōko Matsuoka - Yutaka Aoyama - Yukana - Yūji Ueda - Yumi Kakazu - Yūya Uchida
Motion Capture Actors
Johnny Yong Bosch - Danielle Burgio - Stephanie Cheeva - Adam D. Clark - Louis Herthum - Reuben Langdon - Larry Leong - Sage Mears - Laura Napoli - Liam O'Brien - Daniel Southworth - T.J. Storm - Tim Phillipps
Face Models
Adam Cowie - Karlo Baker - Emily Bador - Andrea Tivadar - Ariana Diamant - Owen Hamze
Stage Actors
Ami Maeshima - Haruka Mimura - Jun Shirota - Kim Kwang-soo - Lee Se-young - Mikoi Sasaki - Naomi Majima - Ryōma Baba - Ryū Masaki - Takuma Sueno - Tomoya Warabino - Tomoya Yamaguchi - Yūki Nakayama
Other
MT Framework - RE Engine