Shinji Mikami appears ready to return to game development following the expiration of a non-compete clause.
“Now that I’ve broken the spell of non-competition on myself, I guess I should get to work,” he tweeted on Thursday.
In 2020, Mikami stated that he wanted to direct one more video game project before he retires, adding that he had no shortage of ideas and they weren’t limited to the horror genre.
Last year Mikami reiterated this goal in a discussion with Resident Evil Village producer Jun Takeuchi, in which he said: “Something else I want to do is make my own game. To make another game. Right now we’re slowly preparing for that, and to make it work I get to give all the annoying jobs to someone else to handle.”
Mikami’s Twitter timeline shows he has been busy travelling during his time off, although he’s also made time for a few games.
Over the last six months he’s completed Ghost of Tsushima (“It was a lot of fun, the last part was great”), started playing The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and finished the Resident Evil 4 remake (“I enjoyed it very much”).