In an interview with Wired.com on Wednesday, Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that he is prepping his staff for the day coming soon where they will have to make the blockbuster titles like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword without him. Not that he will quit game design, just that he will shift focuses and make room for younger developers to move up.
“Inside our office, I’ve been recently declaring, ‘I’m going to retire, I’m going to retire.’ I’m not saying that I’m going to retire from game development altogether. What I mean by retiring is, retiring from my current position. What I really want to do is be in the forefront of game development once again myself, probably working on a smaller project with even younger developers. Or I might be interested in making something that I can make myself, by myself. Something really small.”*
In addition to working on smaller projects, one of which he may be ready to show-off by sometime next year, he wants to make sure that the younger developers are developing themselves as well as the games, "After all, if I’m there in my position as it is, then there’s always kind of a relationship. And the young guys are always kind of in a situation where they have to listen to my ideas."
Wired's full interview will go up next week!
*All quotes via interpreter.