At the end of 2020 Japan Studio was the victim of a real brain drain: within a few days Keiichiro Toyama has announced its new Bokeh Game Studio, founded together with other developers of his old team, and also Teruyuki Toriyama has left the SIE studio. We knew that “the talent behind some of the most original PlayStation titles”(Cited Sony) would soon dissolve definitively and now we have simply received the final notification.
Japan Studio has indeed been removed from the list of development studios on Sony’s official website, thus removing any doubt about his fate. In its place we now find Team Asobi, the creators of Astro’s Playroom, which with their magnificent “demo” have earned a seat in PlayStation Studios.
Unfortunately there is nothing left to do but remember this wonderful group of talents with the titles he left us: Ape Escape, Siren, LocoRoco, Patapon, Gravity Rush, Demon’s Souls, Bloodborne, Knack and many more. We hope that Team Asobi is able to successfully collect the legacy of the studio and we can’t wait to find out what he’s working on: Sony only suggested “a franchise suitable for all ages“.