Japan Studio is closing its doors and, as a consequence, many names have been setting foot outside these offices. Sony’s plans consist of “restructure” this development team to be absorbed by ASOBI, the team that handled the applause Astro’s Playroom for PS5. This week two new names have jumped ship: Shunsuke Saito, the character designer and animator of Gravity Rush and Gravity Rush 2; and Kentaro Motomura, who has worked on titles such as Bloodborne, Everybody’s Golf O Dark Cloud. They have both left Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Studio.

Japan Studio dissolves in the middle of a restructuring

Sony confirmed at the end of February that I was “restructuring” the different divisions of the development team, creators also of titles such as The Last Guardian. The development team has slowly drifted off like a steady trickle, discovering that their annual contracts weren’t going to be renewed for the next business year.

This way, some members of Japan Studio staff will become part of ASOBI, while others have chosen to stay with the director of Silent Hill and Gravity Rush, Keiichiro Toyama, in his study Bokeh; a development team that recently shared the first art concept for their unique new horror game. Sony’s goal, for its part, is focus Japan Studio on ASOBI.

“I’m leaving SIE Japan Studio today”

“I’m leaving SIE Japan Studio today”, write on your Twitter account Saito. Motomura, for his part, pointed out that continuing to work in the production of videogames. In turn the producer of Bloodborne Masaaki Yamagiwa He also set foot outside the offices before the end of February; while Masami Yamamoto, executive producer of titles such as Bloodborne O RainHe was also leaving the studio last month.

Japan Studio refocuses on Team ASOBI, the creative team behind Astro’s Playroom, allowing the team to focus on a single vision and build new things on the popularity of Astro’s Playroom“announced Sony. At Vandal we wanted to review the history of Japan Studio, “rise and fall of the more imaginative side of PlayStation”.




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