Will draw inspiration from the “death game” subgenre.
Keiichiro Toyama – the creator and director of Silent Hill, Siren, Gravity Rush and more – has teased his new studio’s upcoming horror project and shared a few exciting hints and some appropriately nervous concept art in a new developer video.
Toyama, you may remember, left SCE Japan Studio (where he had worked for over 20 years) at the end of 2020 and at the same time announced his new company, Bokeh Game Studio.
Bokeh is also home to several other SCE Japan Studio alumni ̵
Toyama shares a few insights into this still unnamed project in a recently released advertising video for Bokeh, explaining: “The view I have of horror is that everyday life is shaken. Instead of showing scary things, it should question our position. , let’s challenge the fact that we live peacefully … I want that to be the theme for my next game. “
However, instead of focusing on pure horror, Toyama says he wants to keep elements from the genre while making the participants “feel excited when they play”. To achieve this, he draws inspiration from the popular subgenre “death games”, which he often reads and likes.
“These works tend to add entertainment to somewhat brutal worlds,” he explains. “You have these ordinary people run into irrational situations. They are emotionally on the edge while working on action or drama. This affected me and I think it will show in my next game.”
That’s all the information Toyama seems willing to share at the moment, but the video touches on a number of other topics, while offering a range of striking concept art images, ranging from weird insect-shaped creatures living in human flesh to eerie splintering faces and other fierce horrors. In other words, it’s well worth checking out if you want any early hints about where Toyama’s imagination can take him – and us – next.