Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio Director Masayoshi Yokoyama has revealed this Yakuza 8 becomes a few years after the events of Yakuza: Like a dragon. In an interview with Weekly Famitsu, as summarized by Ryokutya2089 and translated by Gematsu, Yokoyama also revealed that the studio had an unannounced title in development and that it was completely independent of the Yakuza and judgement Franchise.
Yakuza 8 is currently a working title. It will be “several years” after the events of Yakuza: Like a dragon and again with Ichiban Kasuga as the protagonist. Otherwise, details are few and far between for the time being. We know it will still be a turn-based RPG after the franchise moves away from action gameplay. There is also speculation that the franchise may be moving away from Japan and venturing into new countries.
In the meantime, the studio is also working on an unannounced title that has nothing to do with this Yakuza and judgement Franchise. That doesn’t mean the team is leaving judgement but in the back. Yokoyama made it clear that the franchise “is also very important to us” and that “we will actively challenge ourselves to develop new titles, not just for” judgement, [but] as circumstances permit. “
Concerns about the future of franchises have been rife since then Yakuza Creator Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Daisuke Sato left the studio in October. Although no one has confirmed its plans for the future, Nagoshi is said to have joined China’s NetEase after negotiations. For its part, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio promoted Yokoyama to studio director and executive producer, while Ryosuke Horii to Yakuza The series was the chief director and Hiroyuki Sakamoto became the chief producer. Yokoyama made it clear that “structural change is a sign of change” and that it is “very normal for a company to change the structure of its employees”. It was apparently a necessary step as “this type of setup is unlikely to change without shaking things up”. The studio now has 300 employees.[Source: Weekly Famitsu via Ryokutya2089 and Gematsu]