Bloodborne Producer Masaaki Yamagiwa Is Leaving Sony

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Today on Twitter, producer Masaaki Yamagiwa announced that he is leaving Sony’s Tokyo-based Japan Studio. He is not leaving the game industry, however.


“I’m leaving Sony Interactive Entertainment at the end of this month,” he wrote. “I’m going to continue working hard on creating games. Many thanks to everyone!”

While at Sony, Yamagiwa produced Bloodborne, Bloodborne The Old Hunters, Déraciné, and Tokyo Jungle.

This is the second high-profile departure from Japan Studio in the past few months. In December, Keiichiro Toyama, creator of Siren and Gravity Rush, revealed that he had left the company to establish his own outfit, Bokeh Game Studio. Toyama was joined by Kazunobu Sato, who designed Puppeteer and was a producer on The Last Guardian, as well as Junya Okura, who worked as a designer on Gravity Rush.

There’s no word yet as to where Yamagiwa is headed.

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


Faux Bravo

I don’t know what a producer does, exactly, in anything but music. So it’s hard to tell how to take this news. Outside of music, producers seem inconsequential to the finished product. At least that’s how I feel about movies. If games started having “produced by such and such” prominently displayed on the marketing, I’d assume I need to take that with a huge grain of salt.