It has been announced that Yatsumi Matsuno has left Level-5, the developers behind the Professor Layton series.

Matsuno tweeted to his followers that he was retiring from the company due to personal reasons which he didn't state.

Matsuno had only joined Level-5 in June last year and had been working on Crimson Shroud, part of Guild01, the same video game compilation for the 3DS which spawned Liberation Maiden.

He had this to say:

Even though it was for a short period of time, I was able to work hard without any gross mistakes. I am extremely grateful for the gift of genial teaching I received from everyone. Over and over again, thank you so much. I plan on taking a break for a while. I’m very thankful to have your support from now on.

We wish Matsuno the best for the future, and we look forward to playing his first - and only - game from his time at Level-5. Crimson Shroud is yet to get a release date for North America and Europe.

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