Tekken 7 and Soulcalibur Producer Motohiro Okubo Leave Bandai Namco

Motohiro Okubo, the producer behind popular fighting games Tekken 7 and Soulcalibur VI, announced that he will be leaving Bandai Namco on August 31, 2021. Okubo revealed that he will continue to work in the game industry and join an unnamed game company in Tokyo. Okubo’s most recent project was Pac Man 99, the classic arcade title became battle royale, which he worked on as a producer.

Okubo first joined Namco 25 years ago, before the company merged with toy company Bandai to form Bandai Namco. Following the merger, Okubo served as Bandai Namco’s overseas Mobile Business Division manager, primarily setting up the company’s North American and European operations.

As a producer, Okubo worked on at the same time Tekken 7 and Soulcalibur VI which Bandai released respectfully in 2017 and 2018. Okubo spoke fluent English and was actively involved with members of the competitive fighting game community. He also regularly attended events such as the popular competitive gaming event EVO in 2019 and gamescom a year earlier. More recently, he worked as a producer for Pac Man 99, an online multiplayer battle royale version of the arcade title.

In a post on Twitter, Okubo thanked fans, especially fans of Soul Calibur VI-to support him:

It’s been a while, but I’m leaving BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment on August 31st. Starting tomorrow I will be working at a game company in Shibuya… I am grateful [sic] to all the people I met. Especially through SOUCALIBUR V [sic], I have received a lot [sic] power of players around the world. Thank you.

In addition, he added a photo of a special pillow he received from the development teams of Tekken and soulcalibur in celebration of reaching 9 million units sold. The pillows feature prominent characters from the two franchises alongside an illustration of Okubo himself. Several commentators and members of the fighting game community also came out to thanks Okubo for his job.