Thirdverse Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Teruyuki Toriyama, formerly of Sony Interactive Entertainment, as Manager and Producer of the Game Design Division. Thirdverse Inc. is also pleased to announce the appointment of Taisuke Irie as Manager and Art Director of the Creative Design Division.
From now on, Mr. Toriyama will focus on the production of completely new VR titles developed by Thirdverse, as well as strengthening the foundation of the team as the head of each division.
After working as a planner and director at major developers and publishers, he joined Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. After that he joined Japan Studio and worked as a producer, planning and producing PlayStation software in collaboration with external developers and internal game creators.
His representative works include titles like "SOUL SACRIFICE" and "SOUL SACRIFICE DELTA" for PS Vita, "Bloodborne" and "Bloodborne: The Old Hunters" for PS4, "ASTRO BOT: RESCUE MISSION" and "Déraciné" for PS VR and PS5 launch title "Demon's Souls".
Comment from Mr. Toriyama:
“As technology evolves, VR devices no longer require consoles, high-spec PCs, cables, etc., making it easier for everyone to enjoy VR.
At Thirdverse, we will use our experience in consumer game production to create one-of-a-kind VR games that pursue the immersive and deep gaming experience that only VR can provide, and we hope to deliver them to all VR game users.”
He started his career as an engineer at the age of 17, and moved to Silicon Valley at the age of 18. After graduating from the Academy of Art University, he worked as a senior designer at a local game start-up company.
After returning to Japan, he gained experience as an art director, development director, and new business promoter at GREE, CyberAgent, and Rakuten, and then focused on setting up and expanding organizations with a focus on management.
Comment from Mr. Irie:
"The world of XR that I had envisioned when I was a teenager has finally become a reality. For me, it is no exaggeration to say that I entered the IT world in order to create this world, and I have accumulated a lot of experience through the years.
I am happy to be able to join XR with my strong colleagues, hoping to fully utilize my experience to deliver the best service to our users."