Oh Dear, The Sony Japan Studio Exodus Continues

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Last month, Kotaku reported that yet another producer departed from the Japan Studio. And this month, we’re reporting that the exodus continues.


Yesterday, Shunsuke Saito tweeted, “I’m leaving SIE Japan Studio today.” Saito was the character designer and animator for Gravity Rush 1 and 2. He was also the art director for the sequel. His departure is a big artistic loss for the studio.

Kentaro Motomura also announced yesterday that he was leaving the Japan Studio, where the veteran developer was a senior producer with credits on an array of titles including New Minna no Golf, Bloodborne, Soul Sacrifice, Wild Arms, and Déraciné, among many others.

Update 7:45AM: Yasutaka Asakura, an executive producer at Japan Studio, just announced he is leaving, and Gavin Moore, who has been at Sony for 24 years, has also revealed this is his last day at the studio.

As Kotaku previously reported, a number of high-profile creators have left Japan Studio. In an official statement, Sony wrote that it was reorganizing the studio in order to “further strengthen business operations.”

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.


Some good ol’ リストラ? Nice.

I wonder how they intend to strengthen the studio by firing a bunch of veterans. Will be interesting to see how it shakes out, and any information on why it’s being done would be great too.