Could this mean that we’ll be getting one of those much wished for sequels?
So in case you hadn’t heard, Japan Studio, Sony’s longest-standing first-party developer since the PS consoles’ initial launch in 1994, is officially defunct since April 2021 (well, technically they’ve somewhat merged with Team Asobi).
With this has come an exodus of some major names from the company such as Keiichiro Toyama (Silent Hill director. Toyama has now got his own studio running – Bokeh Game Studio), Junya Okura, Kazunobu Sato, Teruyuki Toriyama (producer of Bloodborne) along with other Bloodborne members – Masaaki Yamagiwa & Ryo Sagabe and another Bloodborne producer – Masami Yamamoto.
On the 25th of February 2021, Masaaki Yamagiwa made the official announcement on Twitter that he was leaving SIE but will continue to make games. It was quite the knock to hear that such talent will no longer be a part of the team as Yamagiwa was one of the producers of the wondrous title that is Bloodborne, as well as The Old Hunters DLC.
Yamagiwa was a long-time member of Sony’s Japan Studio in Tokyo and also worked on titles Déraciné and Tokyo Jungle, among many others.
However, all hope is not lost. According to a recent tweet by Yamagiwas’ former SIE boss, he’s found himself a comfy little spot at Team NINJA – a Japanese video game developer, book publisher, and division of Koei Tecmo, founded in 1995 as a part of Tecmo.
So what do you think we can expect from this? We certainly won’t be getting another Nioh game any time soon as that was clarified at the 2020 end-of-year interviews for 2021 ambitions.
Ambitions for 2021: “At Team Ninja, the seven years-long development of Nioh series will reach a resting point, and there are several projects that will begin full-scale development in 2021. I plan to change my development style to match my changing lifestyle and concentrate on new titles. As for me personally, I’ll try not to gain any more weight.”
The main focus for Team NINJA at the moment is their bigger projects, such as collaborations like the one they currently have on the go with Square Enix for the Final Fantasy spin-off game, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin (which is set to launch on the 18th of March 2022)
With all of the changes going on, do you think that it might be possible for a Bloodborne 2? It’s always good to remain optimistic, so here’s to wishful thinking.