Silent Hill Creator Toyama Leaves Sony, Founds Bokeh Game Studio Inc.
Keiichiro Toyama, creator of Silent Hill, Siren, and Gravity Daze (Gravity Rush), has left Sony Interactive Entertainment and founded a new independent game studio called Bokeh Game Studios Inc. He is joined by Kazunobu Sato, producer of the 2016 version of The Last Guardian, and Gravity Rush‘s lead gameplay designer Junya Okura.
According to Wikipedia, bokeh is a “photographic term that relates to the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in out-of-focus parts of an image. Bokeh has also been defined as ‘the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light.’ ”
In a YouTube video released on their new channel, the trio reminisce about the good old days of games development, where they were free to improvise and do things their own way. While welcoming the freedom having their own studio provides, they also acknowledge the challenges and responsibilities this entails. You can also see some snippets of potential concept art in the video for the studio’s next game, which looks to lean towards horror and the fantastical.
Bokeh Games wants to focus on making games their fans will appreciate, while at the same time wanting to enjoy creating from now on.
You can check out the studio’s YouTube video below. The audio is all in Japanese, however, so you may want to turn captions on.