Yoshifus Hayama was most recently the Executive Producer on Sony exclusive, The Last Guardian. Now he works for Rupert Murdoch at an unproven social network gaming developer in London. The world of gaming, my friends, has changed.
Sony had not announced that Hayama had quit the company prior to this news of his joining up with recently acquired Bossa. The move is sure to raise a few eyebrows: Hayama is going from a studio famous for its engaging narratives and deep, encompassing worlds to a young studio that are focussing on forging News Corps’ path into the massively expanding social gaming market.
Here’s how Hayama – former Vice President of Sony Computer Entertainment – announced his move:
[the future of gaming] is definitely online and thanks to recent developments with Flash 11, there is no reason why a social game can no longer be as visually stunning and as compelling as the big console titles.
Together at Bossa we have plans to bring a plethora of games to Facebook and eventually other appropriate social media channels, which include 3D elements and can be enjoyed by all age and interest groups,
Is it just me that withers a little inside to see that quote?
Apparently, last week, Fumito Ueda also quit Sony and will now be finishing The Last Guardian’s development on a freelance capacity. Sony aren’t talking about that move either, which I also find slightly worrying for the state of The Last Guardian. Please, someone tell me it’s all going to be okay…