Keiichiro Toyama, director of Silent Hill, Siren and Gravity Rush, has left Sony Japan Studio to form a new development studio, Bokeh Game Studio.
Toyama, who also directed the Siren series, will be joined by The Last Guardian producer Kazunobu Sato, and Gravity Rush game designer Junya Okura. On YouTube, the trio released a new video announcing their new game studio.
Following the announcement, the Japanese outlet Dengeki Outline published an interview with the team to talk about their departure from Sony, and their plans for the future. According to Toyama and Sata, they have wanted to create their own studio for a long time. The Age and Coronavirus outbreak has also played a role in their decision to leave Japan Studio and form Bokeh Game Studio.
“I realized that different things in the world are changing drastically due to the influence of coronary heart disease, and I was strongly motivated to change myself, so I made this decision,” Toyama said (Google translated).
According to the founders, they already have an idea for their own IP, which will mainly be an action title. The platform has not been decided yet, but Toyama mentioned that they intend to release the game on PC and console first. As for console exclusivity, the former Silent Hill director pointed out that he wants as many people as possible to play the studio’s new title, adding that it does not necessarily have to be exclusive to PlayStation.
The entire interview contains some interesting parts of the team’s future plans and Bokeh Game Studio in general. Remember to read it.
As expected, Toyama’s departure from Sony has many speculations about the existence of the rumored Silent Hill reboot for PS5. For some time now, insiders have been claiming that Toyama would lead the restart. Of course, there is the possibility that the rumored soft restart is nearing completion, and Toyama’s involvement is no longer necessary.
As always, we will keep you updated.