@Onyx Konami also fired Koji "IGA" Igarashi when they decided Castlevania wasn't mainstream enough and decided to turn it into a God of War clone instead with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Which did OK for one game but then crashed and burned after the second.

For those of you who don't know who that is, he was heavily involved in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and producer of all Castlevania games after that (except Circle of the Moon) until Konami fired him.

Side note: It actually concerns me that Metroid: Samus Returns is based on the engine from the "midquel" Lords of Shadow game, Mirror of Fate.