Speaking with Wired in an interview, Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that he plans on retiring from his current position within the company.
While he doesn’t intend to leave the gaming industry as a whole, he states that rather than working on projects that tend to take around five years to complete, he would like to be a part of smaller projects, with younger developers, or possibly on his own. He is expecting to begin such a project in 2012, with it being publically revealed within a year.
Miyamoto also explained that a main reason he’s retiring from his position is to send the message that he won’t always be there to help with games.
While it will definitely be hard to imagine Nintendo without Miyamoto heading many of its projects, especially ones he directly helped to create, he is confident that the staff he’s leaving behind will be able to perform well without him.