Takayoshi Sato

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Takayoshi Sato
OccupationCGI director, video game developer
Known forSilent Hill, Silent Hill 2

Takayoshi Sato (Japanese: 佐藤隆善, Hepburn: Satō Takayoshi) is a Japanese video game character designer, writer and CGI director. He is widely known as a member of Team Silent. He created Silent Hill[1][2] and Silent Hill 2.[3][4]


Sato was born in Tokyo, Japan. In 1972 Sato studied Art in the Tama Art University of Tokyo. In 1996 he got his bachelor's degree in oil painting. In 2011 he got the Advanced Character Animation degree. Since February 2012 he works for Nintendo as a visual producer.

When Sato started working on what he termed as serious games, he said, "I feel that games are being standardized into only a few formats lately: FPS, RTS, MMO, 3rd Person Action and Sports. There's a tendency to create the same games over and over with only a visual upgrade. And the only thing artists are supposed to do is "be professional" and gift wrap the same game elements with a pretty new skin."[5]


Video game Release date Role
Sexy Parodius 1996 Animator
Silent Hill[6] 1999 CGI director, Character Designer
Silent Hill 2 2001 CGI director, Character Designer
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent 2004 Art Director
Tiberium Unreleased Art Director
Moonbase Alpha 2010 Art Director
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move 2013 Visual Producer
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars 2015 Visual Producer
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash 2016 Visual Producer
Paper Mario: Color Splash 2016 Visual Producer, Art Director
Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers 2018 Visual Producer, Art Director


  1. ^ "Tale of Tales working with Silent Hill artist". bit-tech. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  2. ^ IGN Staff (17 August 2001). "Interview with Silent Hill 2's Artist Takayoshi Sato". IGN. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Silent Hill 15th Anniversary Retrospective". GameSpot. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Gamasutra - Silence Is Golden: Takayoshi Sato's Occidental Journey". gamasutra.com. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  5. ^ Maggie Greene. "Takayoshi Sato on Silent Hill, Serious Games, and Art". Kotaku. Gawker Media. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  6. ^ kevingifford. "Silent Hill creator discusses how he joined the game biz and why AAA horror is 'difficult' to fund". Polygon. Retrieved 25 April 2016.

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