The famous Japanese developer Keiichiro Toyama has the horror movies Silent Hill or the Siren series and is also signed under both parts of Gravity Rush. It has been rumored repeatedly in recent months that he should work on a Silent Hill soft reboot for the PS5 under the auspices of Japan Studio, but Toyama recently announced that he left with his colleagues Sony to form his own Bokeh Game Studio team. Now we are finally learning what he is working on, but at the same time the speculation about Silent Hill is gaining another serious rift.
Keiichiro Toyama has been with Sony for two decades, logically creating only exclusive games.
Keiichiro Toyama has announced that he is preparing a horror action adventure, which will be published in 2023 and will focus on PCs and various consoles. The question is whether, after leaving the speculated Silent Hill, he would embark on another haunting game on his own. Although the world only learned about the new Bokeh Game Studio team in early December, Toyama founded it in mid-August. The Japanese version of IGN magazine has now revealed further details. According to him, the new game should please fans of his previous titles. We can supposedly expect fights and story elements that are typical for him.
IGN wondered if it was a hardcore horror movie like Silent Hill or Siren, or a light paranormal affair like Gravity Rush. Toyama stressed that it is clearly more about horror, but it should appeal to a wider audience, not just rock fans. IGN recalls that Keiichiro Toyama has worked for Sony for two decades and logically created only exclusive games during that time. According to him, the novelty is being developed primarily on a PC, but it should be aimed at as many consoles as possible.
Although the project is still in its infancy, producer and co-founder Bokeh Kazunobu Sato revealed that a relatively large team is already working on it. They are currently working on a prototype and the developers believe that the game will be ready in three years. Keiichiro Toyama also commented on the very departure from Sony and the establishment of his own studio. The combination of working from home due to a pandemic and the fact that he celebrated his 50th birthday this year, he said, made him think about the future. In the end, he succumbed to the lure of independence.
He turned to his long-time colleagues and co-workers and together they founded Bokeh Game Studio. Initially, they considered making smaller mobile games, but eventually put together a team of veterans with much greater ambitions. Fortunately for us. Toyama stated that he was very inspired by the genDESIGN study, which was founded by Fumito Ueda (Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian) after his departure from Sony. He told him about his experience, so Toyama decided to follow him.
He also indicated that he wanted to continue to have good relations with Sony and to return to the Siren and Gravity Rush brands in the future if both parties were interested.
Fans should follow the Bokeh studio’s Facebook and Twitter studios, where we could look forward to the first snippets from the new game in the future. “When you work in a large studio like Japan Studio, what you can show the public is limited. Now that these restrictions do not apply to us, we would like to take the opportunity to share as much as possible. So that players can see how the title is looming over time, “said Sato. He hopes that the fans will not forget the authors. But we are sure of that.
The first signs of what we can expect from the new horror appeared in the introductory video, which the team published in early December. The Artworks certainly do not deny Toyama’s handwriting. Even then, he stated that he wanted to meet the expectations of the fans. He also indicated that he wanted to continue to have good relations with Sony and to return to the Siren and Gravity Rush brands in the future if both parties were interested.