Shunsuke Saito, a personality designer for Gravity Rush 1 & 2, is leaving SIE Japan Studios. He introduced his departure via his Twitter account, coupled with a drawing of Kat from the Gravity Rush franchise. Kentaro Motomura additionally introduced his departure later the identical day, as SIE Japan seems to restructure on April 1, 2021. [Thanks, Ryotutya837!]
I’m leaving SIE Japan Studio right this moment pic.twitter.com/jwXrGYMwGp
— 斎藤俊介(ShunsukeSaito) (@sshun3) March 31, 2021
Gravity Rush launched in Japan as Gravity Daze again in 2012 for the PlayStation Vita. Saito labored as character designer and animator for each video games within the collection. He additionally served because the artwork director for Gravity Rush 2. Gravity Rush obtained a remaster for the PlayStation four again in 2015, and the sequel of the sport was launched in 2017. The Vita model of the sport utilized the moveable console’s gyro. The similar mechanic was then utilized for the PS4 controller’s gyroscope in each the remaster and sequel.
Saito steadily shares his personal artwork and animations of Kat, the protagonist of Gravity Rush, on Twitter. As of this writing, Saito has not but commented on what his subsequent undertaking can be, or what his future plans are.
Shunsuke Saito’s departure is considered one of many within the listing of builders leaving SIE Japan. Keiichiro Toyama, who labored with Saito because the creator of the Gravity Rush franchise, additionally left SIE Japan on the finish of September 2020 and based his personal sport studio. Fellow Team Gravity member Junya Okura, who additionally helped design the Gravity Rush and Siren video games, joined him.
Gravity Rush 2 was Team Gravity’s final undertaking earlier than the previous members left SIE Japan, with the sport’s on-line companies closing down in July 2018.