It’s the end of an era, as two more members of Sony Japan Studio have announced their departure from the company.
Both Shunsuke Saito and Kentaro Motomura have left the studio as of today, following the departure of other key staff members over the last few months.
This is likely due to Sony’s plans for Japan Studio. And by plans, we pretty much mean “effectively ending the studio entirely”. According to a report by VGC (which has since been confirmed by an SIE spokesperson), Sony Japan Studio will be gone as of April 1, with its remaining members “re-centered to Team ASOBI”.
Japan Studio was behind some of Sony’s most creative games, even if the company itself seems to have forgotten that over the years. Between this and the upcoming closure of multiple digital stores, it’s almost as if Sony are trying to move away from some of the things that made it great in the first place.
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