Bloodborne Producer Joins Team Ninja Following Departure From Sony

Bloodborne Producer Masaaki Yamagiwa Has Joined Team Ninja, A Popular Video Game Studio

Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Studio has released some major titles in the past years, with one of the biggest and most popular being Bloodborne. Bloodborne is an action role-playing game that released on the PlayStation 4 in 2015 and still has its fanbase today, as it offers various challenges and exciting gameplay. Masaaki Yamagiwa, a producer for Bloodborne, Deracine and Tokyo Jungle, announced his departure from Sony Interactive Entertainment in February, stating via Twitter, “I’m leaving Sony Interactive Entertainment at the end of this month…I’m going to continue working hard on creating games. Many thanks to everyone!”. Almost eight months later, the producer has now joined Team Ninja.

The news came via a Tweet from Shuhei Yoshida. Shuhei Yoshida is a game industry veteran who served as the President of Sony Interactive Entertainment and has now moved onto other projects at Sony, including indie projects. Yosida posted a picture on his official Twitter stating, “A fun evening with Team Ninja’s Yasuda-san and giwamasa, who joined Team Ninja.” 

Team Ninja is a Japanese video game developer and book publisher with quite a portfolio including titles such as Ninja Gaiden and Dead Or Alive, a popular fighting game franchise. Most recently, Team Ninja has developed the Nioh series, with a successful launch of Nioh 2 in 2020. Most fans speculate that Masaaki Yamagiwa’s presence and impact would be felt most on the Nioh series, as Bloodborne and Nioh share similarities. An upcoming title from the company is Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origins, set to release in 2022.

Are you familiar with Masaaki Yamagiwa? Do you enjoy Sony and Team Ninja games? What impact do you think the producer can have on the franchises at Team Ninja? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter and Facebook.