Following the departure of several high profile figures in quick succession and reports of Sony beginning to de-emphasize the Japanese market, it was recently confirmed by Sony that SIE Japan Studio was being wound down as a development studio. Now, the influx is continuing, with more developers either being let go or moving on.
The latest in that long list of names is Gavin Moore, who was the creative director of last year’s PS5 flagship launch title, the Demon’s Souls remake. Moore confirmed recently via his Twitter page that after over two decades at Sony, he is now moving on. “Time to seek out new and exciting opportunities,” he wrote, though did not elaborate.
Moore had been at SIE Japan Studio since 2003, where he worked on the Siren series, was the creative director on Puppeteer, and most recently, on Demon’s Souls. Prior to that, he spent six years at SIE London Studio, where he worked on the PS2 open world shooter The Getaway.
After 24 years at Sony and 18 of those in Japan, yesterday was my last day at #JAPANStudio. I will miss the great creative spirit and camaraderie of the studio that was a huge part of my life. Time to seek out new and exciting opportunities!! pic.twitter.com/XOW0XytYd4
— gavin moore (@GavinmGavin) April 1, 2021