Yoshitaka Murayama, creator of Suikoden, has passed away

by Danny Craig  · 
Yoshitaka Murayama, creator of Suikoden, has passed away
Rabbit & Bear Studios

Yoshitaka Murayama, best known for creating the RPG franchise Suikoden and its spiritual successor, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, passed away at the age of 55.

The details:

  • Murayama's passing was announced in a statement released by Rabbit & Bear Studios, the developer he founded to create Eiyuden Chronicle in 2020. "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," reads the statement. β€œHis 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.”

  • Rabbit & Bear will provide more information about organizational changes at the studio, as well as changes to some of Eiyuden Chronicle's Kickstarter backer rewards, soon.

  • Eiyuden Chronicle was crowdfunded on Kickstarter in 2020, becoming one of the site's most successful game funding campaigns, even spawning a prologue release called Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising. Murayama served as its scenario writer, and the game is still set to be released in April 2020, as his work on it was completed before his death.

  • Murayama is credited with creating the Suikoden series for Konami in the 1990s, which is now regarded as one of the best RPG franchises in history. Konami is currently working on releasing HD remasters of the first two games, which were delayed last year.

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