Disgaea Series Creator Sohei Niikawa Leaves Nippon Ichi Software

In a new press release (via Google Translate), Nippon Ichi Software President Sohei Niikawa announced his resignation. No details were given of his departure from the company, other than for “personal circumstances”.

Nippon Ichi is perhaps best known for the Disgaea franchise, JRPG series that started in 2003 with Disgaea: The hour of darkness. As of 2021, the series has shipped 5 million copies. His most recent entry was a reissue of game 2020, Disgaea 6: Challenge.

Before being named president of Nippon Ichi in 2009, Niikawa served as a producer and screenwriter on several installments in the Disgaea franchise. Although he is leaving the company, the press release adds that he will remain a consultant for Nippon subsidiary NIS America.

Koichi Kitazumi will serve as chairman and president in his place. Kitazumi helped found the company in 1993, then became its president and chief executive in 2009.

In her separate letter (via Google Translate) to the company, Kitazumi outlined some of her goals for Nippon Ichi as the company nears its 30th anniversary. Specifically, Kitazumi said that he plans to create a new “powerful” IP and that the company’s title graphics should be improved.

“That’s easier said than done,” Kitazumi admitted. “But we believe that the accumulation of efforts to improve these capabilities will be the driving force behind the creation of a powerful IP.”

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