Shota Kageyama

Shota Kageyama, a composer for recent Pokémon titles including X &Y and Black & White, has announced via Twitter that he has left developer Game Freak to pursue independent music.

Kageyama's tweet has been translated and reported by Anime News Network as follows:

[Greetings] Happy New Year, everyone. I'm sorry to raise a personal matter, but I left GAME FREAK, who has been good to me these past six years and seven months, on December 31 to start a new music brand called Spica Musica.

According to further tweets, Kageyama plans to continue serving in the field of game music while broadening his horizons. He also said that his co-workers at Game Freak have wished him well, and that he wishes not to fully say farewell to them as long as the possibility remains that he may compose with them again.

Kageyama has also composed for Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver and served as an arrangement supervisor on Super Smash Bros. Brawl, among other projects.

Best of luck to Mr. Kageyama in all his future endeavours. Hopefully they'll fall upon our ears for many years to come.