In a shocking bit of news, legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that he is going to step down from current position as the head of Nintendo's game design department to go back into development with a focus on smaller projects.
Speaking with Wired's GameLife blog, Miyamoto explained the big news:
"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."
How small is he talking? According to the interview, he's "not intending to start from things that require a five-year development time." Miyamoto is hoping that his first new project, which he hasn't started work on yet, will be ready to show off before the end of 2012.
Miyamoto is credited as one of the main creators behind many of Nintendo's most beloved franchises, including Mario, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda. Whatever his new, smaller project entails, Miyamoto states several times during the interview that he wants to work with smaller teams of younger developers.
It will be a while before we fully understand what this change means for both Miyamoto and Nintendo as a whole, but here's hoping the great game designer still has some exciting future classics in him, even if they are smaller projects.