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 presently engaged on a sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
This news from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and Nagoshi follows a report that stated Chinese developer and publisher NetEase was in “final negotiations” with Nagoshi to hire him away from SEGA, the corporate he has been with since 1989.
Nagoshi, in a assertion, 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. “Thank you to the followers who’ve supported us and the Yakuza sequence for a few years. You have my sincerest and deepest gratitude.
“I persevered and am right here now due to 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 at present, a new Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio is born the place the sequence will dwell on. Though I don’t know for positive what they’ll create, I consider the brand new era will additional improve the inspiration we constructed through the years and ship nice video games to the world. To obtain that, they too must proceed to be taught, problem themselves, and develop. I ask that you just proceed your help of the studio’s endeavors.
“Once once more, I want to categorical my deepest appreciation to all of you. Thank you a lot to your help. Stay 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 crew will preserve pushing ahead with what made the studio a success whereas additionally forging a new path. One of the primary steps on that street, in keeping 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 employees member,” Yokoyama wrote. “You can witness it within the lately launched Lost 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 actually together with Takeuchi and Furuta are engaged on the story.
“Whether it’s six months or one yr from now, I hope to indicate you a new Ryu Ga Gotoku title by a new Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio that’s totally different however nonetheless the identical, and one thing that can spark a feeling 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.
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