JP Kellams has departed Japanese developer Platinum Games in the wake of the Scalebound cancellation, after nearly a decade with the company.
Kellams broke the news on his Instagram account, saying that branching out is part of his DNA. The statement is below.
"15 years ago, I came to Japan to fulfil my childhood dream of making games with my heroes," he said. "No matter how hard the day, I always walked into the office in awe of the creativity around me, and with the joy that working with each and every one of my coworkers brought me. It is hard to say goodbye to them, to PlatinumGames, and to Japan. Yet, embracing new challenges is part of my DNA, and after almost 10 years of working with the team (more with my Capcom/Clover days), it is time to move on to new challenges that I’m excited to share soon. I’ll be forever grateful to all people who have touched this journey, because they’ve shaped who I am."
"Platinum maintains its luster forever."
It’s not clear whether his departure is tied to the collapse of Platinum Games’ Scalebound, but Kellam’s LinkedIn profile shows he was involved with Scalebound from the very beginning and was leading a team of 100+ developers on the title at the point of its cancellation.
Previously, Kellams worked in the localisation/game writing department at Capcom. It’s not clear what’s next for Kellam.