Yamaoka â??quits Konami after 16 yearsâ??

Yamaoka â??quits Konami after 16 yearsâ??

By Rob Crossley

December 1st 2009 at 11:00AM

Rumour: The man at the centre of the Silent Hill series has departed

Akira Yamaoka has left Konami after sixteen years of service for the company, a report claims.

Yamaoka joined Konami in 1993 and today his signature musical styles can be found across numerous Silent Hill games, many of which he acted as producer for.

The rumour of his sudden departure emerged from news site Aeropause, citing anonymous sources.

“It would appear that he has left the company entirely rather than moving to another international division,” read the report.

“Since leaving Konami he has been in the States and is now currently in Europe, seemingly on vacation.”

Yamaoka’s next move – if the rumours are shown as fact - will be a matter of interest to many game enthusiasts.

Though synonymous with the Silent Hill series, Yamaoka’s roots are in music performance and product design.

“In the beginning, I was hoping to get a career as a [product] designer. I never thought about getting a job as a musician at that time,” he previously said.

Develop has contacted Konami for comment.