Shinji Mikami to continue on DMD

Sticking with chum Suda51.

Resident Evil 4 and Vanquish director Shinji Mikami will continue to develop Shadows of the Damned with Suda51 for EA despite his studio being bought by the parent company of rival publisher Bethesda.

Last week ZeniMax sent shockwaves through the game industry when it announced it had bought Mikami's Tango Gamework.

The Vanquish director joined id Software and Bethesda in the cash-rich company's impressive portfolio of developers.

In a statement issued today ZeniMax said: "Shinji will serve as creative lead on the games developed at Tango Gamework and will fulfil his remaining obligations to Grasshopper pursuant to their prior agreement."

Shadows of the Damned was revealed by Suda51 and Mikami at the Tokyo Game Show.

It's billed as a "psychological action thriller". It's about a bloke called Garcia Hotspur whose true love is abducted by demons and dragged to the underworld. Naturally, he races off to Hell to get her back.

Shadows of the Damned, which Suda51 asked gamers to shorten to Damned or abbreviated to DMD, is slated for a summer 2011 release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

What Mikami will end up doing for ZeniMax is anyone's guess. Go on, guess.

Shadows of the Damned trailer

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