Katamari creator Keita Takahashi joins Glitch
July 9, 2011 7:52 AM Subscribe
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For fans of gaming and pure delight: Katmari Damacy
creator Keita Takahashi has joined the team behind the upcoming Glitch
, from the makers of Flickr (and Game Neverending!)
In a blog post titled "Working With Your Heroes
," Stewart Butterfield
, co-founder of Flickr
and old MetaFilter favorite Game Neverending
), announced today that Keita Takahashi
, creator of Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy, has joined Tiny Speck
, the start-up behind the innovative new online game
Glitch, currently in open beta, is an experiment in culture building
: a web-based massively-multiplayer game that takes place in an enormous, ever-changing, persistent world inside the minds of eleven peculiarly imaginative Giants.
Keita Takahashi parted ways
with publisher Namco Bandai in September 2010 after becoming disillusioned with the gaming industry and saying that he wanted "to try lots of different things." Indeed, his next venture, Uvula
, has designed a playground
in Nottingham that is due to open by 2012.
In a joint interview with Kotaku
, Stewart Butterfield explained that he saw an opportunity to bring Keita Takahashi back to the gaming industry with his new project. "We are very excited to be collaborating with Keita. He is a hero for many of us on the team and it will be very exciting to see what happens.... It's a crazy mishmash of ideas. He will be bringing some cohesion to the big picture"