Katamari Damacy designer Keita Takahashi wasn't happy at Namco Bandai. When leaving the company, he called it "so-so". His reasons are a bit more melancholy than that.
"The reason why I quit Namco was because I started to feel like I didn't belong there any more," Takahashi recently told website Eurogamer. Takahashi's games, he noted, "were not the best-selling ones", and he also realized that "Namco was, as a business, going down a bit".
Couple that with the fact his colleagues were moving on to other projects, and you have a guy that doesn't feel like he belongs anymore.
His new company, uvula, is a start-up with his wife and should counter any pangs of alienation Japanese corporate culture causes.