The creator of Suikoden and Elyuden Chronicles, Yoshitaka Murayama passed away on February 6 due to “complications with an ongoing illness,” as announced by his company, Rabbit and Bear Studios.

Murayama began his journey with Konami in 1992, gradually ascending to the position of director and writer for his own creation, Suikoden. This iconic game debuted in Japan in 1995 and made its way to North America by 1996. He remained dedicated to the series until 2002, departing Konami just a month prior to the launch of Suikoden III. He then formed Blue Moon Studios, where he worked on 2005’s 10,000 Bullets.

More recently, he was the head of Rabbit and Bear Studios where he worked on the development of Eiyuden Chronicles: Hundred Heroes, which is slated for release on April 23, 2024.

The statement from Rabbit and Bear Studios reads, “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.”

Rest in peace Yoshitaka Murayama, we will never forget you. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends in this difficult time.