Following his departure from Namco early last month, Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi has started up a new company called Uvula, with his wife, composer Asuka Sakai.
Uvula - which refers to a part of the mouth that helps us speak, and more specifically, the dangly bit at the back of the throat - is not a development studio in the traditional sense, and seems instead to be an opportunity for the pair to get involved in a whole bunch of different creative endeavors. Unsurprisingly, Uvula will mainly concern itself with videogames and music, although its current project is the design of a playground in Nottingham, England.
The creation of Uvula isn't too much of a surprise, as only a few months ago, Takahashi said that he wanted to try things besides making videogames. He has expressed a certain amount of disillusionment with the videogame industry recently, saying after this year's E3 that he thought the future of games looked "dull," and that there wasn't a lot of room for his voice any more.
Considering that Takahashi is the man who made the bizarre Noby Noby Boy while working for a major Japanese publisher, it's going to be fascinating to see what he does when it's just him, his wife and their ideas.