skip to Main Content

Yakuza Creator Toshihiro Nagoshi Confirms Sega Leaving Along With Yakuza: Like a Dragon Sequel Announces

Yakuza series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi has confirmed he will be leaving both Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and SEGA. As part of the restructuring announcement, RGG Studio also confirmed that it is currently working on a sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

This news from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and Nagoshi follows a report that Chinese developer and publisher NetEase was in “final negotiations” with Nagoshi to hire him from SEGA, the company he has worked with since 1989.

Nagoshi, in a statement, did not reveal his next move, but did confirm he was leaving SEGA and RGG Studio.

“As I leave SEGA, I am also leaving my position as studio manager Ryu Ga Gotoku,” Nagoshi wrote. “Thank you to the fans who have supported us and the Yakuza series for many years. You have my most sincere and deep gratitude.

“I persisted and I am here now because of what I learned from a lot of people around me. It is because of the colleagues who supported me so that I was able to refine my state of mind. spirit to continually push the boundaries.

“From today a new Ryu Ga Gotoku studio has been born where the series will live. While I’m not sure what they will create, I believe the new generation will further improve the basics we have. built over the years and will deliver great games to the world. To achieve this, they too must continue to learn, challenge themselves and grow. I ask you to continue to support the efforts of the studio.

“Once again, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all of you. Thank you very much for your support. Stay tuned for the many new starts!”

Nagoshi will walk through the doors of RGG Studio alongside Yakuza series producer Daisuke Sato, who ran the studio for nine years.

Going forward, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s new director will be Series Producer Masayoshi Yokoyama, and he explained how the team will continue to push forward what made the studio so successful while blazing a new trail. One of the first stops on this road, according to Yokoyama, is the sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon and the story of Ichiban Kasuga.

“Ryu Ga Gotoku’s predecessors passed their beliefs and skills down to every staff member,” Yokoyama wrote. “You can witness this in the recent Lost Judgment and see it in the next sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon which will continue the story of Ichiban Kasuga.

“This game is currently being developed by producer Sakamoto and directors Horii, Ito and Mitake. Myself, along with Takeuchi and Furuta, I’m working on the story.

“Whether it’s six months or a year away, I hope to show you a new Ryu Ga Gotoku title by a new Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio that’s different but still the same, and something that will spark a feeling of ‘it’s what awaits us in you. I would like to continue my life as a video game creator with seriousness. “

Nagoshi joined SEGA in its early days in the arcade and worked on series such as Virtua Racing, Monkey Ball and many more before founding Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and the Yakuza franchise.

For more, check out our review of Lost Judgment, how the studio said it was preparing a new future with Lost Judgment and Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and our review of Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

Any advice to give us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an e-mail to [email protected].

Adam Bankhurst is a news editor for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Tic.

Back To Top