The creator of the Yakuza series Toshihiro Nagoshi and the producer of the series Daisuke Sato both announced their departure from Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, the latter being the team responsible for Yakuza games within Sega.
“From today,” Mingyue is in his Parting words, “A new Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio is born, and this series will continue to exist. Although I am not sure what they will create, I believe that the new generation will further strengthen the foundation we have built over the years and provide an excellent game world. To To achieve this goal, they also need to continue to learn, challenge themselves and grow. I ask you to continue to support the studio’s efforts.”
Masayoshi Yokoyama becomes the new head of the studio. Director Ryosuke Horii and producer Hiroyuki Sakamoto will obviously become the “core leaders” of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, and they will continue to make Yakuza games. Future games in the series will remain turn-based and will continue to focus on Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s protagonist Ichiban Kasuga.
“I believe that the studio has the ability not only to continue the Yakuza series,” Sato wrote, “but also to continue this momentum further. The talents in the studio are very capable of doing this, and this is what I can leave. The reason is full of confidence under their care.”
Nagoshi’s Sega credit can be traced back to Virtua Racing, and he made and directed the Monkey Ball game before joining Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio to start the Yakuza series. He also directed Binary Domain in 2012. In August, there were rumors that Ming Yuezheng was negotiating to join China NetEase, but his final destination has not yet been determined.