Keiichiro Toyama Teaming Up With ‘Famous Creator in Japan’
A few weeks ago we reported on Keiichiro Toyama, the creator/director of the original 1999 Silent Hill, and his first project (which is as-of-yet unnamed) for his new studio, Bokeh Game Studio. Toyama mostly elaborated on his design philosophy and confirmed that the game was indeed horror, while showing off some concept art. There wasn’t a whole lot to see specifically in regards to that new game, but it’s a fascinating video nonetheless. Recently, however, Toyama went onto the Al Hub YouTube podcast and said this:
“We’re obviously still at an early period, so there’s not a lot we can actually say, but we are looking to create an experience that can be enjoyed widely by a range of people,” he said. “So, for example, we intend for our game to have a setting in Asian cities.
“One thing we can say is that, we are working hard right now to collaborate with a famous creator in Japan, and that’s something we haven’t been open about before.”
Famous creator in Japan you say? Obviously, there’s a massive range of people that could be, from the likes of Hideo Kojima (the answer is no, by the way), to Hideki Kamaya. There’s literally no way of knowing, and hell the vagueness of his statement might even mean that this “famous creator” isn’t even attached to video games, manga visionary Junji Ito comes to mind. There’s simply no way of knowing who he could be talking about at the moment. It’s worth remembering that Toyama previously confirmed that he’ll be involved with production on Hotel Barcelona, a new game from the dream team of Suda 51 (Killer 7) and Sweary 65 (Deadly Premonition), so it’s possible that one of those two could be the mystery creator.
On a somewhat unrelated note, this interview with Toyama was conducted by the previously mentioned Al Hub, which we wrote about fairly recently. Al Hub made a splash last month due to an interview with Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka, where he teased that he was working on the project “we were hoping to hear about”. No way the two are related, Yamaoka believes the game he’s working on will be revealed this summer, while Toyama’s only just started production and is slated for a 2023 release. Figured it was worth noting either way though, that show seems very good at coaxing new info out of creators.