Bloodborne Producer Masaaki Yamagiwa announced his departure from SIE Japan (Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan) through his Twitter. Yamagiwa stated that he would be leaving SIE Japan at the end of February 2021, but did not detail any future plans. However, it seems he has no intention of leaving the industry. His tweet mentions that he would like to continue to work on other games in the future.
Yamagiwa tweeted his departure in both Japanese and English, which you can read below.
2月末でSIE JAPAN Studioを離れることになりました。これまでありがとうございました。次の場所でもゲーム制作を頑張ります。
I’m leaving Sony Interactive Entertainment at the end of this month. I’m going to continue working hard on creating games. Many thanks to everyone! pic.twitter.com/WPpiLpCtoY
— 山際眞晃 Masaaki Yamagiwa (@giwamasa) February 25, 2021
Yamagiwa also produced Déraciné, a virtual reality title by FromSoftware. Additionally, he helped produce the Old Hunters DLC for Bloodborne. The DLC saw players further explore the world of Bloodborne and uncover secrets regarding the Healing Church and Yharnam, while exploring entirely new areas like the Astral Clocktower.
Bloodborne Producer Masaaki Yamagiwa isn’t the only recent developer to leave SIE Japan. Keiichiro Toyama, best known for creating the Silent Hill and Siren series, recently left SIE Japan to create his own studio. This new studio is comprised of developers that previously worked alongside Toyama. Recently, Toyama revealed that this newly established studio was working on a new horror game.
Bloodborne and the Bloodborne: Old Hunters DLC are immediately available on PlayStation 4.