Yakuza Creator Toshihiro Nagoshi Confirms Sega Departure Alongside Yakuza: Like a Dragon Sequel Announcement

Yakuza Creator Toshihiro Nagoshi Confirms Sega Departure Alongside Yakuza: Like a Dragon Sequel Announcement

Yakuza collection creator Toshihiro Nagoshi has confirmed that he might be leaving each Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and SEGA. As a part of the restructuring announcement, RGG Studio additionally confirmed it’s presently engaged on a sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

This information from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and Nagoshi follows a report that mentioned Chinese language developer and writer NetEase was in “remaining negotiations” with Nagoshi to rent him away from SEGA, the corporate he has been with since 1989.

Nagoshi, in an announcement, did not reveal what his subsequent transfer was, however he did verify that he was leaving SEGA and RGG Studio.

“As I depart from SEGA, I’m additionally leaving my place as the top of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio,” Nagoshi wrote. “Thanks to the followers who’ve supported us and the Yakuza collection for a few years. You have got my sincerest and deepest gratitude.

“I persevered and am right here now because of what I realized from many individuals round me. It’s credit score to the colleagues who supported such that I might hone my mindset to repeatedly push boundaries.

“As of right now, a brand new Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio is born the place the collection will stay on. Although I don’t know for certain what they may create, I imagine the brand new technology will additional improve the inspiration we constructed over time and ship nice video games to the world. To realize that, they too have to proceed to study, problem themselves, and develop. I ask that you simply proceed your help of the studio’s endeavors.

“As soon as once more, I want to categorical my deepest appreciation to all of you. Thanks a lot in your help. Keep tuned for the various new beginnings!”

Nagoshi might be strolling out the doorways of RGG Studio alongside Yakuza collection producer Daisuke Sato, who was the top of the studio for 9 years.

Going ahead, the brand new director of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio might be collection producer Masayoshi Yokoyama, and he mentioned how the crew will hold pushing ahead with what made the studio successful whereas additionally forging a brand new path. One of many first steps on that street, in line with Yokoyama, is a sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon and Ichiban Kasuga’s story.

“Ryu Ga Gotoku’s predecessors have handed down their beliefs and know-how to each workers member,” Yokoyama wrote. “You may witness it within the not too long ago launched Misplaced Judgment and can see it within the upcoming sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon which can proceed Ichiban Kasuga’s story.

“This sport is presently being developed by producer Sakamoto and administrators Horii, Ito and Mitake. I personally together with Takeuchi and Furuta are engaged on the story.

“Whether or not it’s six months or one 12 months from now, I hope to point out you a brand new Ryu Ga Gotoku title by a brand new Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio that’s totally different however nonetheless the identical, and one thing that can spark a sense of ‘that is what we’re ready for’ inside you. I’d wish to proceed on my life as a online game creator with earnestness.”

Nagoshi joined SEGA in its early arcade days and labored on such collection as Virtua Racing, Monkey Ball, and extra earlier than founding Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and the Yakuza franchise.

For extra, try our evaluate of Misplaced Judgment, how the studio has mentioned they’re charting a brand new future with Misplaced Judgement and Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and our evaluate of Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

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