April being conducive to new beginnings – for schoolchildren as well as for business leaders – Masami Yamamoto therefore joins the list of Sony alumni who have gone to try the independent experience. He thus joins Keiichirô Toyama, who had already taken the lead by announcing the founding of Bokeh Studio in early December, confirming the exodus of Japanese creators from a division now united behind Team ASOBI (Astro’s Playroom) or Polyphony Digital (Gran Turismo).
“This is not a lie even though it is April Fool’s Day, but yesterday, March 31st, I founded EPIGRAsm. From now on, I would like to have the leitmotif of “living with the people I love”. I’m gonna keep working hard on game production and that sort of thing“, Masami Yamamoto announced in a tweet, leaving his message open to interpretation.
A former head of external production, this executive producer is particularly known for his work on the No Heroes Allowed franchise but also for having chaired the PlayStation CAMP program, which revealed original creations from an independent scene such as Tokyo Jungle and rain. He is also credited on Bloodborne, Soul Sacrifice or even Freedom Wars, which then represented the flagship of Sony games produced in Japan. With 25 years of company, he had even released his stripes of producer on the first Tenchu, which does not make us any younger.
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