Sony Japan studio closes on the same day
In what could only be described as a shock to everyone, Demon Souls Remake Director Gavin Moore has announced his departure from Sony today, after 24 years of service. At the same time, Sony announces it plans to restructure and effectively close its oldest first-party studio, Japan Studio.
Regarding the studio, a statement issued by Sony to IGN reads:
"In an effort to further strengthen business operations, SIE can confirm PlayStation Studios JAPAN Studio will be re-organised into a new organisation on April 1. JAPAN Studio will be re-centered to Team ASOBI, the creative team behind Astro’s PLAYROOM, allowing the team to focus on a single vision and build on the popularity of Astro’s PLAYROOM."
"In addition, the roles of external production, software localisation, and IP management of JAPAN Studio titles will be concentrated within the global functions of PlayStation Studios."
Not all bad news then, perhaps Team ASOBI will begin work on a PS VR 2.0 sequel to the masterful Astro Bot Rescue Mission.
Moore follows in the footsteps of Bloodborne producer Masaaki Yamagiwa and Teruyuki Toriyama as the second huge departure from Sony recently. Moore has stated he plans to continue working in game development.