Update (14:15 GMT): Bethesda has now publicly announced the departure of Shinji Mikami from Tango Gameworks. The long-time developer will leave the company "in the coming months", with Bethesda posting this statement on his exit:
Original Story (11:00 GMT): Legendary game designer Shinji Mikami is reportedly leaving Tango Gameworks, the Japanese studio that's been under Xbox ownership since Microsoft's acquisition of Bethesda.
This report comes by way of TrueAchievements, who claims to have seen internal email documents announcing Mikami's departure from the studio. Here's what Bethesda senior vice president Todd Vaughn reportedly wrote about Mikami's exit:
"I am writing today to let you know that studio head Shinji Mikami has decided to leave Tango Gameworks in the coming months,
Mikami-san has been a creative leader and supportive mentor to young developers at Tango for 12 years through his work on the Evil Within franchise, Ghostwire: Tokyo, and of course, Hi-Fi Rush."
Bethesda also issued a statement to the outlet, adding to what was said via the leaked email:
"We wish Mikami-san well in the future and are excited by what lies ahead for the talented developers at Tango."
Mikami's departure comes as the studio wraps up development on two big Xbox projects. The fantastic Hi-Fi RUSH surprise launched last month to critical acclaim, while current PS5 exclusive Ghostwire: Tokyo is almost certainly on the eve of its Xbox launch, with Sony's one year exclusivity window set to expire towards the end of March 2023.
For now, we'll have to wait and see if Tango and/or Bethesda address this through their own public channels. If Mikami's exit is swift, contributing to Hi-Fi RUSH is a nice high point to end on!