Published and developed by Sega on the official Ryu Ga Gotoku website, known for the Yakuza series, announced the studio management reshuffle and confirmed what the next installment will be about.
As expected, after 32 years of operation, Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi will leave the company. The Bloomberg article talked about the developer’s transition to NetEase, but the Sega publication does not contain such information.
Longtime producer of the Yakuza series Daisuke Sato also leaves Sega with Nagoshi. Both thanked fans for their support and wished their former studio the best in new endeavors.
The new head of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio as a result of Nagoshi’s departure is Masayoshi Yokoyama, who has been with the company since its inception 10 years ago.
“Whether it’s six months or a year from now, I hope to show you that the new Ryu Ga Gotoku from the new Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio will be different, but similar, and will awaken in you the feeling of ‘this is what we were waiting for.’ “Yokoyama declared.
As for the next Yakuza, it will be the sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon and continue the story of Ichibana Kasuga. The project is being directed by Lost Judgment Director Yutaka Ito and Yakuza Series Director Ryosuke Horii.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon debuted in November 2020 and is now available on PC (Steam, Microsoft Store), PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S. With the game’s success, the series will remain in the turn-based RPG genre in the future.