Former 1UP writer James Mielke has departed Lumines developer Q Entertainment, and, in a twist that you almost certainly couldn’t make up, has announced his arrival at PixelJunk studio Q Games. He’ll serve as a producer on an unannounced project.

Speaking with CVG, Mielke paid tribute to his former employer Tetsuya Mizuguchi:

It’s thanks to my mentor and one of my best friends, Tetsuya Mizuguchi that I was able to come to Japan in the first place. He is truly as wonderful, positive, and cheerful as you probably assume he is. He’s an amazing, positive force who helped me keep my head on straight in stressful times.

No problem was ever too great to put a wrinkle in his smile. I guess he saw something in me or my editorial work that compelled him to invite me to work on Child of Eden, before handing me the keys to the Lumines franchise, which we – I like to think – successfully rebooted with Electronic Symphony.

Given Mielke’s background in music, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see him set straight to work on a follow-up to the recent PixelJunk 4am. At least, that’s what we’re hoping for.

[via computerandvideogames.com]