Suikoden Creator Yoshitaka Murayama Has Passed Away

adminFebruary 14, 2024

Yoshitaka Murayama, Creator of Suikoden RPG Series, Has Passed Away

Rabbit & Bear Studios, the developers behind Suikoden spiritual successor Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, shared some sad news in the announcement that Suikoden creator Yoshitaka Murayama has passed away. According to the post on the official website, Murayama passed due to “complications with an ongoing illness.”

Murayama’s Suikoden originally launched for PlayStation back in 1995, ultimately spawning multiple sequels and spinoffs. He brought these inspirations back into the spotlight, delighting fans with the announcement of Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes in 2020. The RPG went on to become one of the most successful video game Kickstarter projects of all time. While it doesn’t hit consoles and PC until this April, Murayama completed his work on the project prior to his passing.

The message from Rabbit & Bear Studios adds that they aim to “maintain his legacy and vision with this game and know that he would have wanted the rich world he has created with Eiyuden Chronicle to live on.”

Here’s the full statement:

Hello everyone,
It’s with a heavy heart and deep sadness we must inform you
that the scenario writer and head of Rabbit& Bear Studios,
Yoshitaka Murayama, has passed away on February 6th
due to complications with an ongoing illness.

Murayama first began this journey of the creation of
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes in 2020
through the support of his very loving fans on Kickstarter.
Throughout the three-plus-year-development of the game,
it was always the passion from his fans that continued to
drive his creative vision and motivate him to put his all into the project.

His hard work on Eiyuden Chronicle as scenario writer was finished
but as his co-workers and friends, it saddens us to know that
he won’t get to see the reactions from his fans.

However, even with those feelings we need to accept
the reality that he is no longer with us and continue to push
his dream forward by releasing Eiyuden Chronicle to the world.

We want to maintain his legacy and vision with this game and
know that he would have wanted the rich world he has created
with Eiyuden Chronicle to live on.

His family sincerely appreciates your prayers and support
but asks for privacy and that no flowers, mail, or other offerings be sent.

We will have more information on organizational changes to
Rabbit & Bear as well as changes to some of the Kickstarter rewards
in the near future.

For now, we appreciate your continued support.

Rabbit & Bear Studios,
Junko Kawano
Osamu Komuta

Konami has a Suikoden I & II HD Remaster on the way but it was previously delayed.

Source: Rabbit & Bear Studios


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