Sega President Kenji Matsubara abruptly left the company.
Matsubara announced his resignation on Friday, citing "personal reasons," said Sega parent company Sega Sammy in an abbreviated statement. The company said the resignation was effective immediately and has not announced who will replace the developer's top executive.
It is unclear what might have caused Matsubara's resignation, but it doesn't seem to be planned. In April, he appeared to be fully involved in Sega's business and, in addition to being President, served as Chief Publishing Officer. He was also a board member of Sega Sammy – another role that he leaves on Friday.
Sega Sammy did not immediately respond to Digital Trends' request to comment on Matsubara's departure and related events.
Matsubara joined Sega's network department in 2014 as Chief Technology Officer. In 2017, Sega Sammy appointed him president, where he oversaw all of Sega's development activities. Before joining Sega, Matsubara was President and CEO of the Japanese gaming company Tecmo Koei. He was CEO of Zynga Japan for two years.
Sega's new leadership gap arises when the company tries to reinvent itself in the ever-changing gaming industry. While Sega was one of the world's best-known game companies in the 1990s, it has focused on game development since it discontinued its Dreamcast console in 2001, delivering a variety of titles from some of its most popular franchise companies, including Sonic the Igel.
Looking to the future, Sega has two publicly announced games in development – a PC title called Troy: A Total War Saga and Yakuza: Like a Dragon, due to be released on August 13, on both current and consoles next generation is released. Sega has not announced the launch date of Like a Dragon.
Sega is also trying to capitalize on nostalgia, and announced a list of Micro Game Gear handhelds last month. Each of the four devices costs $ 50 and is available in different colors – blue, yellow, red, and black. Depending on the model chosen, customers will find four different games, including Sonic the Hedgehog (black model) and Sonic Chaos (blue model). Players who want to play all 16 classic Game Gear games will need to purchase each version. Game Gear handhelds will launch on October 6th.