Tetsuya Mizuguchi, best known for Rez and Lumines, is now a professor at Keio University in their graduate media design program. Siliconera notes that in Q Entertainment’s Japanese-language announcement, CEO Shuji Utsumi says that “Mizuguchi will also continue to support Q Entertainment as an advisor, but there are no concrete plans with Mizuguchi taking part in any games or synthesia projects.”
Mizuguchi came into the spotlight with the Dreamcast classic Space Channel 5 and the psychedelic rail shooter Rez, both of which he created while at Sega. After a restructuring at Sega caused him to leave in 2003, Mizuguchi started Q Entertainment with the goal of creating the music-infused games he was most interested in. With Q, Mizuguchi helped create games like Lumines, Every Extend Extra Extreme, and Child of Eden (a sort of spiritual successor to Rez).
Mizuguchi started branching out from game creation as early as 2006, when he started the band Genki Rockets, which has released two albums so far with many songs featuring in Lumines and Child of Eden.
Just last month, Eurogamer reported that Mizuguchi was moving away from game production, so this is hardly a surprise, but now we know where Mizuguchi is focusing his energy. Like Cliff Bleszinski, Ray Muzyka, and Greg Zeschuk in the last couple months, it’s sad to see Mizuguchi go but we’re happy to have had the chance to play his creations.
Good luck, Mizuguchi-sensei. We’re here if you want to come back. Write us letters, please.