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Elden Ring composer Yuka Kitamura departs FromSoftware

Before leaving, Kitamura worked at FromSoftware for 12 years and provided music for several of the studio's big hits such as Bloodborne and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

Justin Carter, Contributing Editor

August 1, 2023

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Cover art for FromSoftware's Elden Ring.

Yuka Kitamura, a longtime composer for FromSoftware, announced her leave from the developer. On Twitter, Kitamura revealed she would begin work as a freelance composer starting this month. A reason for her departure was not stated.

"Thank you all for your continued support," she wrote. "I would like to continue to express myself in game music through various genres. I hope you will look forward to my music in the future!"

Kitamura's FromSoftware contributions

Kitamura's first worked at From as a sound designer on 2012's Armored Core V. Her composition work for the developer began with Dark Souls II in 2014. From then on, she's composed music for several of studio's hit games such as Dark Souls III, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Her last known music composition work for From was last year's Elden Ring. At time of writing, it's not known if her 12-year tenure has come full circle with this month's Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon

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Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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