The creator of Silent Hill and Forbidden Siren has revealed his first project at his new studio, as Sony loses another veteran developer.
The director and writer of the original Silent Hill has announced his first game since leaving Sony and setting up his own company called Bokeh Game Studio.
Toyama left Konami in 1999 and instead of working on any of the other Silent Hill games created the Forbidden Siren series at Sony, and later the Gravity Rush franchise.
His new project doesn’t have a name yet, but it’s described as a ‘an action adventure game that will appeal to fans of my previous work’. In a brief interview with IGN he downplays the horror elements, but the artwork you can see in the video below does look pretty horrific, in a good way.
‘If anything, this will be more of a horror-oriented game. But we will focus on making this a broader entertainment experience, rather than a hardcore horror game,’ said Toyama.
(Rumours of a new Silent Hill game have been rampant all year, despite a lack of evidence, but there’s zero suggestion that Toyama is working on any such project.)
‘We are developing with PC as the lead platform, but we hope to release the game on as many console platforms as possible’, added Toyama – as he revealed the studio is aiming for a 2023 release date.
Beyond mentioning that the game will have ‘battles and story elements’ there aren’t any other real details but Toyama mentions that, unlike when he was at Sony, he’ll be able to give regular updates on his progress.
Toyama left Sony along with several of his colleagues earlier in the month, amidst rumours that Sony is beginning to sideline Japanese development.
That, of course, has been denied but this week Bloodborne and FromSoftware producer Teruyuki Toriyama also left Sony Japan Studio, after years at the company.
Although both games were created by external studios Japan Studio works similarly to Sony Santa Monica in that as well as making its own games it also helps and advises other developers who are working on PlayStation exclusives.
In his goodbye tweet Toriyama mentions creating new IP at his own studio, so it doesn’t seem as if he’s joining Bokeh, but it means Sony has lost another experienced developer – and left rival Microsoft with two very tempting new Japanese studios to try and buy up.
Given the Sony rumours it is concerning that this might be becoming a pattern, although Toyama mentions being inspired by Ico creator Fumito Ueda, who also left Sony to work as an independent, and it’s possible both creators are being influenced more by his exit than any major dissatisfaction with Sony.
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