The rumors have come true. The creator of the Yakuza saga, Toshihiro Nagoshi, has said goodbye to what has been his home for all these years. The founder of the Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio at SEGA has said goodbye in an official statement published by the company itself. Daisuke Saito, director and producer of the series, has also confirmed his departure. A new stage opens in the studio, now with Masayoshi Yokoyama as the new director and executive producer.
“Thank you to the fans who have supported us and the Yakuza series for many years.. You have my sincerest and deepest gratitude”Nagoshi wrote in the official statement. The creative has recognized that he has persisted and has gotten where he is thanks to what he has learned from the people around him.
“From today a new Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio is born, where the saga will continue to live. Although I am not sure what they will create, I think the new generation will continue to improve the foundations we have built over the years, ”so he’s confident that great games will come. “To achieve that they have to keep learning, challenging themselves and growing. I ask you to continue supporting the study ”.
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The words of the director and the new head of the study
Daisuke Sato has recalled that he has been involved in Yakuza from the beginning. “I have been the leader of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio for 9 years, so I feel a strong attachment. It is sad to leave the place and the colleagues with whom I have shared many good and bad things, but the study has grown and has become a robust organization 10 years after its birth ”.
The director maintains that the developer has potential “not only to continue with the Yakuza saga”, but also to go further. “The talented studio staff are trained to do this, so I have been able to leave and confidently leave it in their care.” Sato has also been grateful to the fans, while saying that he is looking forward to seeing the new titles that go on sale.
Masayoshi Yokoyama, por su parte, has renewed its commitment with the study. “We will continue to give it our all and let our games speak for us.” According to his words, his predecessors have passed on their wisdom to the rest of the team members. Also, important news, Yakuza: Like a Dragon sequel confirmed, a game that will continue the story of Ichiban Kasuga. “This game is currently in development, produced by Sakamoto and directed by Horii, Ito and Mitake. Takeuchi, Furuta and myself are working on the story. “
They promise that in a period of half a year or a year they intend to show a new title for “un nuevo Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, which is different but remains the same ”.
Source | SEGA