Senior designer Toshihiro Nagoshi, who left Sega in February 2021, left Sega in February 2021. New enterprise: Mingyue Studio.
Nagoshi Studio is located in Shibuya, Tokyo, founded by Nagoshi himself, Eight other Sega veterans. I just realized calling them Yakuza veterans might be the wrong way around.Mingyue will serve as the president and representative director, and the studio announcement will follow an official website and a note from the man himself.
“The change in the showbiz environment that started in the second half of the 20th century, has changed even more in the 21st century […] From a creator’s perspective, this is a very difficult time.
“But I don’t think the nature of entertainment has changed, no matter how the times have changed.”
Nagoshi talks to Famitsu Regarding the launch of the new studio, it was basically implied that he left Sega because he took too long to make Yakuza games. “I decided to leave Sega where I worked for a long time, because I wanted to do something different than before. If you do the same thing, you can stay at Sega. To be honest, I still don’t know if independence is early at this time. It’s late. But, it feels as fresh as when I entered the game industry nearly 30 years ago and said ‘I’m going to start over’.
There are no details about the studio’s first game, other than that “the game will be bigger [than Yakuza].” Well, as long as I can talk to me about various types of whisky, I’ll be ready before indulging in karaoke mini-games.