Two of the Yakuza series’ masterminds have left Sega

Toshihiro Nagoshi, creator of the Yakuza sequence, and Daisuke Sato, the series’ producer, have both declared their departure from Sega and from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, the workforce in Sega responsible for the Yakuza online games. 

“As of currently,” Nagoshi wrote in his farewell information, “a new Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio is born where the sequence will stay on. Though I really do not know for guaranteed what they will develop, I think the new technology will even more enhance the basis we crafted above the a long time and deliver excellent video games to the planet. To realize that, they as well will need to keep on to study, challenge themselves, and grow. I ask that you keep on your support of the studio’s endeavors.”

Masayoshi Yokoyama results in being the new studio guide, and director Ryosuke Horii and producer Hiroyuki Sakamoto will evidently grow to be “main leaders” of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, who will continue on building Yakuza games. Future video games in the collection will remain convert-based, and go on focusing on Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga.

“I think that the studio has the ability to not only go on the Yakuza sequence,” writes Sato, “but also to have on that momentum even even further over and above. The studio’s proficient staff are very able of accomplishing this, which is why I can depart it in their care with self-confidence.”

Nagoshi has credits at Sega going again to Virtua Racing, and developed and directed the Monkey Ball online games just before joining Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio to commence the Yakuza sequence. He also directed 2012’s Binary Domain. In August, it was rumored that Nagoshi was in talks to sign up for China’s NetEase, though it can be yet to be verified wherever he has ended up.