Creators of Silent Hill and Gravity Rush leave Sony to set up their own studio

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When two prominent developers leave Sony, the report suggests that Microsoft is about to buy a Japanese studio.

Keiichiro Toyama, who is responsible for the titles loved by PlayStation, such as the original Silent Hill and Gravity Rush, recently announced that he has left Sony to set up his own studio.

The new studio, called Bokeh, already seems to have a good pedigree of industry veterans.

Toyama has joined Junya Okura, who was also the lead designer for the Gravity Rush game, and Kazunobu Sato, who was the lead producer for The Last Guardian.

No other names have been shared so far, but they say they are joined by the other people they worked with.

In the announcement video, the trio, as independent studios, talk about how they have more responsibility as well as more freedom.

In particular, Toyama says, “I want to go back and enjoy how fun it is to make games.” I want to convey that feeling to the players, and this is my future goal. “

Toyama’s departure does not completely eliminate Gravity Jump 3 (Photo: Sony)

This news continues According to a Bloomberg report last month, Sony hasn’t started to focus too much on Japanese business and is now prioritizing Western developers.

The report even states that the Japanese developer support team has been cut by a third and that many game creators’ rolling contracts at PlayStation’s Japan Studio have not even been renewed.

This may have contributed to the start of the trio, but it doesn’t look like Toyama and his colleagues left Sony in bad conditions.

In an interview with Famitsu, Sato suggests that he will continue to build good relationships with Sony. This could mean that bokeh can help work with Sony IPs like Gravity Rush.

According to the same Bloomberg report, Microsoft is constantly struggling in Japan and is considering acquiring a Japanese studio. This makes sense given the recent acquisitions in the West like Bethesda and the open desire to increase the number of Xbox Game Pass studios and games.

The studio is still in its infancy and there are no games yet, so it’s unlikely that you’ll immediately consider scooping up the bokeh. In addition, Toyama et al. Clearly appreciate their independence and it makes no sense to agree to the acquisition at this time.

Bokeh’s first project is already underway and is described as an action-adventure game. Judging from the concept art seen in the video, it seems to have a horror element, reminiscent of Tomoya’s work on Silent Hill and his siren series.

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