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Suikoden Creator Yoshitaka Murayama Has Passed Away

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Rabbit & Bear Studios has announced the passing of Yoshitaka Murayama, creator of the Suikoden series and director of the upcoming Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. The developer said he died on February 6th “due to complications with an ongoing illness.”

Here is an excerpt from the full statement, which was co-signed by Yoshitaka Murayama’s colleagues Junko Kawano, Junichi Murakami, and Osamu Kikuta.

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.

Rabbit & Bear went on to say that information on changes to the studio and Kickstarter rewards will come soon.

Meanwhile, Eiyuden Chronicle publisher 505 Games posted a short statement on Twitter/X honoring Yoshitaka Murayama.

It is with deep and profound sadness that we have learned of the passing of our friend Yoshitaka Murayama, the creator of the forthcoming Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes.

Not only was he a true pioneer and visionary, creating cherished memories for millions of people around the world, but he was a wonderful partner and a dear colleague. His enthusiasm and creativity knew no bounds and the gaming world will feel emptier without him.

All of us at Digital Bros and 505 Games wish to express our most sincere condolences to Murayama-san’s family, friends, and all those at Rabbit & Bear at this time. He will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts are with Murayama’s loved ones at this time.

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Gio Castillo

Gio Castillo

Gio is a writer and editor with a deep fondness for role-playing and management games. He lives in the Philippines with two cats he loves dearly.

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