The popular game series Yakuza and the currently two-part spin-off Judgment await entering a completely new era. During the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the Ryu Ga Gotoku studio – which was formed on the basis of Sega’s internal teams working at the Yakuza since 2005 – the speculated departure of the director, designer and spiritual father of the Yakuza in one person was officially announced. Toshihiro Nagoshi, who was very active in connection with the new games of his studio, is actually leaving Segu, and together with him, producer Dajsuke Sato has joined the list of former employees. According to the comments, this is still an unpleasant surprise for some fans, but on social networks they express support for Nagoshima and Yakuza and look forward to what the future will bring. The new director of Masayoshi Yokoko – one of the founding members of the studio 10 years ago – also confirmed that Ryu Ga Gotoku is already working on the sequel to Yakuza: Like A Dragon – resp. the story of Ichiban Kasuga – and he promised that the series would definitely not go anywhere.
“In 2021, our studio celebrates its 10th anniversary. From the Yakuza series to Judgment and other games – we greatly appreciate everyone who has supported us and our efforts so far. However, Ryu Ga Gotoku will face restructuring when this ten-year milestone is reached, ”say the new representatives of the studio. They claim that their mission will continue to bring the best possible entertainment through the games they are developing, and together they are looking forward to a bright future in which the continuation of the running brands is expected. “Two years ago, when we announced Yakuza: Like A Dragon, there was a lively discussion among the fans,” begins the new director, Yokojama, reminding them that not everyone liked the idea of the spin-off. “The world can change in the blink of an eye. And that requires us to change, too, ”adds the director of the studio. He then reveals quite openly that he did not like the strong connection between the outgoing Nagoshim and the Yakuza or the studio as such. According to him, Yokoham did not want to rely on only one person in connection with such a popular brand, and even though he had little influence when founding Ryu Ga Gotoku, he constantly tried to change. “Ten years have passed since then, and over time the resistance I felt turned into a sense of camaraderie. Now I inherit the studio from a great creator, “said the new director.
A new Ryu Ga Gotoku studio is born today, where the series will continue to live. Although I’m not sure what exactly it will create, I believe that the new generation will further strengthen the foundations we have built over the years, said outgoing director Toshihiro Nagashi.
He and other members of the management, captured indeed interestingly photography, they do not want to make any false promises to players and will not ask them to trust them. They want to let specific games speak for themselves, which is to be partially reflected in the Lost Judgment, but especially in the upcoming sequel Like A Dragon. Gematsu magazine even states that the game in Japan bears the preliminary name Yakuza 8, but regardless, it is to continue Ichiban’s story, which fans welcome with warm arms. “Producer Sakamoto and directors Horia, Ito and Mitake are currently working on this game. Together with Takeuchi and Furuta, I myself are working on the story, “added Jokojama when naming his fellow producers and designers. “Whether it will be in six months or a year, I hope we will show you a game that will be different but still the same. Something that makes you feel – yes, we’ve been waiting for this, “concludes the head of the studio.
Toshihiro Nagoshi also spoke in the press release, first thanking all the fans for their support, either personally or towards the Yakuza. He also remembered his colleagues, who, in his words, had reached such a high standard that he could hone his skills. “As of today, a new Ryu Ga Gotoku studio is born, where the series will live on. Although I’m not sure what exactly it will create, I believe that the new generation will further strengthen the foundations we have built over the years and bring great games to the world, “Nagashi hopes. But he reminds us to make it happen new a studio capable of achieving, it is necessary not to stumble and constantly learn new things, which is, of course, in line with what Yoyama suggests. Producer Dajsuke Sato spoke in a similar vein, who is sure that the studio will handle all future challenges and will continue to expand the Yakuza. Sato is also looking forward to it from the fan’s point of view and confirms that he will continue to support Ryu Ga Gotoku.