Hifumi Kono (河野 一二三) is the current CEO of Nude Maker and ex-member of Human Entertainment who directed the first titles in the Clock Tower games, Clock Tower: The First Fear and Clock Tower before its disbandment. Nude Maker is composed mostly of ex-Human Entertainment members, including Kono himself.
In January 2000, Human Corporation was declared bankrupt for failing to negotiate for a restructuring deal over outstanding debt. Years later after the shut down of Human Entertainment, Hifumi expressed his interest in creating a sequel or continuing the Clock Tower series when he was reached out by fans, however, as the series was sold to Sunsoft, Hifumi simply had no right to create a new Clock Tower game as the franchise has been to them and the last game in the series, Clock Tower 3 which had been developed by Capcom and released in 2002. He also wasn't involved with Clock Tower II: The Struggle Within.
Nude Maker worked on and produced other games such as:
- Mikagura Shoujo Tanteidan
- Shin Mikagura Shoujo Tanteidan
- Steel Battalion
- Steel Battalion: Line of Contact
- AV King
- Infinite Space (with Platinum Games)
- Terror of the Stratus (with Konami)
Hifumi revealed that he started thinking about creating a sequel around 2009, and he finally decided to go with the indie games route as he was advised, considering high costs and that indie route requires low costs.
During the TGS 2014 Event, Hifumi officially revealed his upcoming project, entitled "Project Scissors" which would be a spiritual sequel to the Clock Tower series. The title was later revealed to be NightCry.