Following in the footsteps of a couple of other departures, two more members of Sony Japan Studio have confirmed they will be leaving Sony Japan Studio at the end of this month. Those being Bloodborne producer Masaaki Yamagiwa and video/cinematics director Ryo Sogabe, both of whom confirmed their exits on Twitter overnight. This comes after multiple Gravity Rush and Silent Hill veterans left the team to form Bokeh Game Studio, which was then followed up by the departure of Demon's Souls and Soul Sacrifice producer Teruyuki Toriyama a few weeks later.
On Twitter, Yamagiwa said: "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!" He is also credited for his work on Tokyo Jungle and Déraciné. Meanwhile, Sogabe commented: "Rather than working, I've been playing with PlayStation and videos for the past 14 years. I will continue to play new challenges in the new company to bridge between game and video. Thanks." He has featured in the credits of Sony titles ever since 2007's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, with his more recent work including The Last of Us: Part II, Ghost of Tsushima, and Days Gone.
The two departures will surely once again stoke the fires underneath the buttocks of hardcore PlayStation fanatics convinced that Sony is leaving the Japanese region behind following a Bloomberg report last year. Just two days ago, Sony bigwig Jim Ryan reiterated the strong ties the company has with Japanese developers. "We're really happy and proud of the PS Studios titles that have been released by Worldwide Studios. Some of them have already been announced, and others are in the works. SIE also has strong relationships with licenses in Japan, so we will continue to strengthen our ties with them and develop titles made in Japan for PlayStation fans around the world."