Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has confirmed that a sequel to Yakuza: Like A Dragon from last year is in development and that series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi Sega is officially leaving.
This news comes from a post on the official RGG site celebrating the studio’s 10th anniversary this year. In it, the studio thanks its fans for their support over the past 10 years and the news that Nagoshi is leaving Sega.
“As I am leaving Sega, I am also leaving my position as director of the Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio [which Nagoshi started]“Said Nagoshi. “Thanks to the fans who have supported us and the Yakuza series for many years. My sincere and deepest thanks go to you. ”
Yakuza producer Daisuke Sato, who also announced his departure, said that serial producer Masayoshi Yokoyama will succeed him as RGG studio manager when he leaves Sega. He also revealed that Yakuza series chief producer Hiroyuki Sakamoto and Yakuza series chief director Ryosuke Horii will now serve as the core leaders of RGG.
RGG director Yokoyama stated that when RGG was founded, it was essentially synonymous with Nagoshi, something he didn’t want to rely on too much for naming power.
“However, I didn’t want to rely too much on it … so even though I had little influence at the time, I continued to fight for change,” Yokoyama writes in the post. “It has been ten years since then and that resistance I felt has turned into a sense of camaraderie over time and now I inherit the studio from a great director.”
Yokoyama later writes in the post that the predecessors of RGG “passed their beliefs and know-how on to every single employee” and that this can be attested to “in the recently published Lost Judgment” and it can be attested in the upcoming sequel to Yakuza. will see: Like A Dragon, which will continue the story of Ichiban Kasuga. ”
Yokoyama later writes in the post that the predecessors of RGG “passed their beliefs and know-how on to every single employee” and that this can be attested “in the recently published Lost Judgment” and it can be attested in the upcoming sequel to Yakuza. will see: Like A Dragon, which will continue the story of Ichiban Kasuga. “
Sakamoto, Horii, RGG Technical Manager and Lost Judgment Director Yutaka Ito, and Nobuaki Mitake, Art Director of the Yakuza series, are developing the sequel. Yokoyama is specifically working on the story.
“In six months or a year, I hope to show you a new Ryu Ga Gotoku title from a new Ryu Ga Gotoku studio that is different but still the same and has a feeling of ‘This is what we do ‘wake up will wait’ in you, ”writes Yokoyama. “I want to get on with my life as a video game developer with seriousness.”
That news comes about 10 months later Nagoshi announced that he has been promoted from Sega Chief Creative Officer to Sega Creative Director. Then, in August, reports indicated that NetEase was reportedly in final negotiations to recruit Nagoshi (Thanks, gamesindustry.biz). Despite Nagoshi’s formal departure from Sega, there is still no official news that he is joining NetEase.
While we wait for a 2020 Like A Dragon sequel, read our thoughts on the game in Game Informer Yakuza: Like a Dragon Review and then read our thoughts on the newest RGG game in Game Informer Evaluation of the lost judgment. cash Game informer ‘s Interview with Nagoshi about the making of yakuza, his career, and more after that.
Did you pick up Like A Dragon or Lost Judgment? What did you think of them? Let us know in the comments below!
[Source: RGG Studio]