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Silent Hill creator Keiichiro Toyama has left Sony to help found Bokeh Game Studios

By Kenneth Ang - on 7 Dec 2020, 10:17am

Silent Hill creator Keiichiro Toyama has left Sony to help found Bokeh Game Studios

Image: Bokeh Game Studio

Two days ago, a couple of rumours surfaced about veteran producer Hideo Kojima putting aside his feud with Konami to work on a new Silent Hills title for the PS5, which might have had series fans throwing their hands up in excitement. On top of the Kojima's re-entry, the rumours also mention that some of the series' original developers might be on the payroll as well.

That's all well and good, but here's the bad news: none of those rumours might be true. Or rather, half of it certainly isn't. Essentially, there's another interesting development that has just come up, one which is significant enough to let us throw the latter bit into the trash.

Apparently, it seems series creator Keiichiro Toyama has officially departed from Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) Japan Studio in order to set up his own game development firm called Bokeh Game Studio. Accordingly, it means we probably won't be seeing any of the "old guard" on the credit screen for  the new Silent Hill title, assuming there is one. 

According to a tweet by Archipel, a firm that produces documentaries on Japanese culture and content creators, as well as an introductory video (above) released by Bokeh themselves, Toyama isn't braving the game development storm alone. Along with The Last Guardian producer Kazunobu Sato and Gravity Rush lead designer Junya Okura, Toyama will be assuming the role of Creative Director at the firm, while his two colleagues will fill the roles of Producer and Game Director respectively.

As for why he decided to leave his longtime employer (he's worked with Sony for over two decades!), Toyama notes in the video that for him, it's primarily about rediscovering his love for making games and sharing that passion with other gamers. The sentiment was reiterated by Okura, who acknowledged the difficulties of setting up an independent game studio, but at the same time, he says the trio is happy to have the "freedom" to create and pursue their own artistic directions. 

Well, this sure is a bummer for Silent Hill fans, but it's not the end of the line either. Our next stop for bombshell reveals is going to be The Game Awards 2020 ceremony, and if we're going by tradition - it's one of the main avenues for developers to make some surprise announcements. So, if the stars align, there might still be something similar in the works over at Sony and Konami. 

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