Cave producer Makoto Asada announced his departure from the studio, best know for the Dodonpachi series and various Xbox 360 titles throughout Japan, in a post on the company's official blog.
According to the announcement, as translated by Siliconera, Asada is leaving in order to pursue projects for next-gen titles.
"About five years have gone by since I entered Cave to help with the company's Xbox 360 branch, and as some of you may already know, I will be leaving the company of Cave," wrote Asada. "This is something that has been decided since August of last year, and it may be a surprising last-minute announcement, but I'd like to thank you all for your support up until now.
"As for what I'll be doing next, I will be working on next-generation console projects, and it shouldn't be long until I can announce my next work to you all. Furuhata will take over this blog, which I believe he should be announcing soon, so I hope you will show your support by continuing to read the blog. I'd like to thank you all for supporting this blog for the past five years."
Asada added that this will be his last post on the studio website, while Cave's Takatsugu Furuhata will continue blogging in his place.
Xbox 360 arcade shooter Dodonpachi Saidaiouhou launched in Japan earlier this May. The game received 33 out of 40 points from Famitsu Magazine.