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Yoshitaka Murayama, creator of Suikoden, passes away at age 55

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The gaming industry has suffered a great loss with the passing of Yoshitaka Murayama, the creator behind the acclaimed Suikoden series and the promising Eiyuden Chronicle, at the age of 55. He left us due to health complications on February 6th, but confirmation only came out in the last few hours.

Murayama, who created Suikoden in the 1990s, produced, wrote and directed the first three games in the series before leaving Konami to become an independent developer.

In 2020, Murayama founded Rabbit & Bear Studios and launched a Kickstarter campaign for Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, a spiritual successor to the acclaimed RPG franchise.

The campaign was a huge success, becoming the third most funded game in Kickstarter history. However, while the game is currently scheduled for release in April, Murayama unfortunately won't be here to see it happen.

It is with regret and deep sadness that we inform you that Yoshitaka Murayama, the scenario writer for Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes and head of Rabbit & Bear Studios, passed away on February 6th.

Yoshitaka Murayama's studio will undergo changes

In the statement issued by the company, changes in command were mentioned, but will only be made when the period of mourning in the studio is overcome:

We'll have more information about the organizational changes at Rabbit & Bear, as well as changes to some of the Kickstarter rewards in the near future. For now, we appreciate your continued support.

May the legendary Yoshitaka Murayama rest in peace!

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