We’re very saddened to inform you that Yoshitaka Murayama, the creator of the Suikoden franchise and the scenario writer for the upcoming Eiyuden Chronicle, has passed away. According to other staffers at developer Rabbit & Bear Studios, Murayama passed due to complications from an ongoing illness.

Rabbit & Bear Studios shared a lengthy message about Murayama’s passing, and you can read the full piece below.

Hello everyone, 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.

Murayama first began this journey of the creation of Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes in 2020 through the support of his very loving fans on Kickstarter. Throughout the three-plus-year-development of the game, it was always the passion from his fans that continued to drive his creative vision and motivate him to put his all into the project.

His 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.

However, even with those feelings we need to accept the reality that he is no longer with us and continue to push his dream forward by releasing Eiyuden Chronicle to the world.

We want to maintain his legacy and vision with this game and know that he would have wanted the rich world he has created with Eiyuden Chronicle to live on.

His family sincerely appreciates your prayers and support but asks for privacy and that no flowers, mail, or other offerings be sent.

We will have more information on organizational changes to Rabbit & Bear as well as changes to some of the Kickstarter rewards in the near future.

For now, we appreciate your continued support.

Our hearts go out to all those who are impacted by Murayama’s passing. There’s absolutely no doubt the man’s work will continue to keep his name alive for decades to come.


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