Takao Hirabayashi is a games director and designer. Hirabayashi has been working with SEGA, Sonic Team and DIMPS. Hirabayashi started in 2010 as the director of Sonic Colors. After that, Takao Hirabayashi took part as the director of Sonic Lost World. Later, Hirabayashi also was part of the team who developed Sonic Runners published by SEGA for iOS and Android. Most recently, Takao Hirabayashi was involved in the development of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.