has just added one of gaming's wunderkind developers to the team working on its Glitch
MMO. Keita Takahashi
, renowned as the brains behind Katamari Damacy
and Noby Noby Boy
, left Namco Bandai
last year and has been keeping a low profile ever since.
He's also apparently been having serious discussions with Tiny Speck
, and founder Steward Butterfield
says that Takahashi has a lot in common with the existing creative team. "We shared the same values -- deep beliefs in curiosity, humor, absurdity, and above all a belief in the positive power of play
," Butterfield told GamaSutra
is a browser-based side-scrolling casual MMO that is currently undergoing beta testing. The game will launch sometime in 2011 according to the its official website.