Suikoden, Eiyuden Chronicle Creator Yoshitaka Murayama Passes Away

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes developer Rabbit & Bear Studios announced that scenario writer and studio head Yoshitaka Murayama passed away on February 6, 2024, following complications from an ongoing illness. The full message from Rabbit & Bear Studios can be read 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-works 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.

Rebbit & Bear Studios,
Junko Kawano
Junichi Murakami
Osamu Komuta

Prior to his work on Eiyuden Chronicle, Yoshitaka Murayama was known for being the creator of Konami’s Suikoden series, acting as producer, writer, and director for Suikoden, Suikoden II, and Suikoden III before leaving the company in 2002. He was also the writer for The Alliance Alive¬†before forming Rabbit & Bear Studios to create Eiyuden Chronicle, which acts as a spiritual successor to Suikoden.

RPGamer would like to pass on our deepest condolences to all of Yoshitaka Murayama’s family and friends, and to everyone at Rabbit & Bear Studios.


Alex Fuller

Alex joined RPGamer in 2011 as a Previewer before moving onto Reviews, News Director, and Managing Editor. Became Acting Editor-in-Chief in 2018.

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