Silent Hill composer takes active games dev role

Wednesday, 20th July 2011 00:07 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Famed composer Akira Yamaoka has turned his hand to game development once more.

“At Grasshopper, I’m creating sound, but not only sound,” Yamaoka revealed during an 8-4 Play podcast, as reported by Joystiq.

“I’m the leader of the development team, so I’m tag-teaming with Suda 51, and I’m actually involved with game creation as well as sound.”

Grasshopper Manufacture’s most recent game is Shadows of the Damned, but Yamaoka teased “a few titles we’re going to announce soon, so stay tuned.”

Yamaoka is most recognised in the West for his work on the Silent Hill series, but he also had a hand in other Konami titles including Snatcher. He began his career in development before switching into sound design, and has served as producer on several titles.

Suda and Yamaoka are rock stars of the Japanese dev scene, so be sure to listen in to the whole podcast for some great insight into their careers.



  1. onlineatron

    I’m on board with anything he’s signed up for. Shadows of the Damned is great, in no small part thanks to the FANTASTIC sound design.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    I was so very disappointed with Shadow of the Damned its exactly what you don’t do in a game. People had issues with FFXIII being “a long corridor” Play this game and its even worse than FFXIII, the script is shitty and cheesey would go so far to say as bad as Duke Nukem. The controls were copy and past of Resident Evil which is just sad to be bottle necking demons when you are supposed to be a demon HUNTER not a demon KITER. The only thing the game had going for it was its music.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. osric90

    Shadow of the Damned felt rated as shit, bulky and voice sync was the worst I saw in any videogame lately… but damn it had an attitude and a huge potential. I laughed my ass playing but I’m still thinking if $64 for it in a store were too much… Anyway, as long as Suda and Yamaoka work into the quality and a franchise not as screwed up and mediocre as Silent Hill (I’m talking about the western ones here the Japanese ones still are the best games in their genre) I’m in.

    #3 3 years ago

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