And with that, Japan Studio is no more. There’s been a spate of unhappy tales surrounding PlayStation this yr, however maybe essentially the most disappointing of all is the disbandment of the producer’s oldest first-party studio. The closure has culminated in an exodus of expertise, with Gavin Moore being the latest high-profile departure.

Moore is probably finest recognized for main improvement on the irritatingly underrated Puppeteer – arguably one of many extra imaginative platformers of the previous ten years. Extra lately, he labored carefully with Bluepoint on the Demon’s Souls remake, which was a key launch title for the PlayStation 5, after all.

“After 24 years at Sony and 18 of these in Japan, yesterday was my final day at Japan Studio,” he wrote on Twitter. “I’ll miss the nice artistic spirit and camaraderie of the studio that was an enormous a part of my life. Time to hunt out new and thrilling alternatives!”

PlayStation has misplaced some severe expertise these previous few months, with Keiichiro Toyama also departing earlier in the year. As of as we speak, Japan Studio is no more, with boss Nicolas Doucet fronting up what stays underneath the title Workforce ASOBI. That group will concentrate on increasing upon the Astro Bot sequence, presumably with a brand new sport for Sony’s next-gen PSVR headset.

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