Yakuza sequence creator Toshihiro Nagoshi has confirmed that he will probably be leaving each Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and SEGA. As a part of the restructuring announcement, RGG Studio additionally confirmed it’s at the moment 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 “closing negotiations” with Nagoshi to rent him away from SEGA, the corporate he has been with since 1989.
Nagoshi, in a press release, did not reveal what his subsequent transfer was, however he did affirm that he was leaving SEGA and RGG Studio.
“As I depart from SEGA, I’m additionally leaving my place as the pinnacle of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio,” Nagoshi wrote. “Thanks to the followers who’ve supported us and the Yakuza sequence for a few years. You will have my sincerest and deepest gratitude.
“I endured and am right here now because of what I discovered from many individuals round me. It’s credit score to the colleagues who supported such that I may hone my mindset to constantly push boundaries.
“As of right this moment, a brand new Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio is born the place the sequence will stay on. Although I don’t know for certain what they are going to create, I consider the brand new era will additional improve the inspiration we constructed over time and ship nice video games to the world. To attain that, they too must proceed to study, problem themselves, and develop. I ask that you simply proceed your assist of the studio’s endeavors.
“As soon as once more, I want to specific my deepest appreciation to all of you. Thanks a lot to your assist. Keep tuned for the numerous new beginnings!”
Nagoshi will probably be strolling out the doorways of RGG Studio alongside Yakuza sequence producer Daisuke Sato, who was the pinnacle of the studio for 9 years.
Going ahead, the brand new director of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio will probably be sequence producer Masayoshi Yokoyama, and he mentioned how the group will preserve pushing ahead with what made the studio successful whereas additionally forging a brand new path. One of many first steps on that highway, in accordance 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 every employees member,” Yokoyama wrote. “You possibly can 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 is able to proceed Ichiban Kasuga’s story.
“This recreation is at the moment being developed by producer Sakamoto and administrators Horii, Ito and Mitake. I actually 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 completely 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 prefer to proceed on my life as a online game creator with earnestness.”
Nagoshi joined SEGA in its early arcade days and labored on such sequence as Virtua Racing, Monkey Ball, and extra earlier than founding Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and the Yakuza franchise.
For extra, try our assessment 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 assessment of Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
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