Keiichiro Toyama, creator of the Gravity Rush, Silent Hill and Siren franchises, has announced his departure from Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Studio. Toyama-san has established his own independent studio titled Bokeh Game Studio.
Kazunobu Sato and Junya Okura, both of whom worked with Toyama-san at SIE Japan Studio, have also left to join Bokeh Game Studio. Toyama-san will serve as the studios chief executive officer (CEO), while Sato-san is the chief operating officer (COO) and Okura-san is the chief technology officer (CTO).
Bokeh Game Studio will work on console and PC video games, their first title is an original action-adventure game that will be multiplatform, development is already underway and is expected to take between two to three years. Toyama-san also claimed that he would like to continue working on PlayStation IP if an agreement can be reached.
Here’s what Toyama-san had to say:
Having parted with Sony Interactive Entertainment which I have been with for a very long time, we have independently established a new development studio.
Looking back at my inner self, nothing has really changed at all since day one when I set foot into this industry. Firstly I want players to enjoy games built from ideas with originality, and secondly I want to enjoy making those games—this is all there was to it. Thankfully it was possible for myself and team to develop and release many games. However the gaming industry has rapidly grown globally and is still drastically changing all the time. Day by day, living in these times, I have felt the need for a substantial change to pursue my own ambitions. This is why I have decided to become independent.
Thankfully I am blessed with a team of colleagues who share the same ambitions as myself, which is why I am able to start this new chapter with a new game studio where we can form our original ideas. We are already under development for our first work, though obviously will need some time before release. We ask for your patience and to look forward to future announcements.