Pencipta series Yakuza Toshihiro Nagoshi telah mengkonfirmasi bahwa ia akan meninggalkan Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio dan SEGA. Sebagai bagian dari pengumuman restrukturisasi, RGG Studio juga mengonfirmasi bahwa saat ini sedang mengerjakan sequel Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

Berita dari Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio dan Nagoshi ini mengikuti laporan yang mengatakan developer dan penerbit China NetEase sedang dalam “negosiasi akhir” dengan Nagoshi untuk mempekerjakannya dari SEGA, perusahaan yang telah bersamanya sejak 1989.

Nagoshi, dalam sebuah pernyataan, tidak mengungkapkan apa langkah selanjutnya, tetapi dia mengkonfirmasi bahwa dia akan meninggalkan SEGA dan RGG Studio.

“As I depart from SEGA, I’m also leaving my position as the head of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio,” tulis Nagoshi. “Thank you to the fans who have supported us and the Yakuza series for many years. You have my sincerest and deepest gratitude.”

“I persisted and am here now thanks to what I learned from many people around me. It’s credit to the colleagues who supported such that I could hone my mindset to continuously push boundaries.”

“As of today, a new Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio is born where the series will live on. Though I don’t know for sure what they will create, I believe the new generation will further enhance the foundation we built over the years and deliver great games to the world. To achieve that, they too need to continue to learn, challenge themselves, and grow. I ask that you continue your support of the studio’s endeavors.”

“Once again, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to all of you. Thank you so much for your support. Stay tuned for the many new beginnings!”

Nagoshi akan berjalan keluar dari RGG Studio bersama produser series Yakuza, Daisuke Sato, yang menjadi kepala studio selama sembilan tahun.

Ke depannya, direktur baru dari Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio akan menjadi produser series Masayoshi Yokoyama, dan dia membahas bagaimana tim akan terus maju dengan apa yang membuat studio ini sukses sambil juga menempa jalan baru. Salah satu langkah pertama di jalan itu, menurut Yokoyama, adalah sequel dari kisah Yakuza: Like a Dragon dan Ichiban Kasuga.

“Ryu Ga Gotoku’s predecessors have passed down their beliefs and know-how to each and every staff member,” tulis Yokoyama. “You can witness it in the recently released Lost Judgment and will see it in the upcoming sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon which will continue Ichiban Kasuga’s story.”

“This game is currently being developed by producer Sakamoto and directors Horii, Ito and Mitake. I myself along with Takeuchi and Furuta are working on the story.”

“Whether it’s six months or one year from now, I hope to show you a new Ryu Ga Gotoku title by a new Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio that is different but still the same, and something that will spark a feeling of ‘this is what we are waiting for’ within you. I’d like to continue on my life as a video game creator with earnestness.”

Nagoshi bergabung dengan SEGA di hari-hari awal arcade dan mengerjakan series seperti Virtua Racing, Monkey Ball, dan banyak lagi sebelum mendirikan Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio dan franchise Yakuza.

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