Former Castlevania producer Koji "IGA" Igarashi confirms today that he has parted ways with Konami after over 20 years of service, but he's not leaving the gaming industry just yet. In what is looking to be a trend with veteran game producers nowadays, Igarashi is striking out on his own to form an independant studio where he hopes to make the sort of titles that fans of his past works will enjoy.
He made no other announcements, but this could bode well for fans of the "Metroidvania" style games which Igarashi became known for while he was at Konami. Heck his GDC presentation last week was titled "There and Back Again: Koji Igarashi's Metroidvania Tale."
Igarashi was essentially the face behind the Castlevania series at Konami since Symphony of the Night was released to critical acclaim on the PSX back in 1997. The franchise was eventually handed to Spanish developer Mercury Steam, resulting in the recent Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series of titles.