Having first been rumoured back in August, it’s now been confirmed: Yakuza collection creator Toshihiro Nagoshi is leaving each Sega and his personal Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. Additionally becoming a member of him out the door is long-time collection director and producer Daisuke Sato.
The pair each posted messages on the studio’s official web site announcing their departure. Nagoshi’s says:
As I depart from SEGA, I’m additionally leaving my place as the pinnacle of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. Thanks to the followers who’ve supported us and the Yakuza collection for a few years. You may have my sincerest and deepest gratitude.
I persevered and am right here now due to what I discovered from many individuals round me. It’s credit score to the colleagues who supported such that I may hone my mindset to constantly push boundaries.
As of as we speak, a brand new Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio is born the place the collection will reside on. Although I don’t know for certain what they may create, I imagine the brand new era will additional improve the inspiration we constructed over time and ship nice video games to the world. To attain that, they too have to proceed to be taught, problem themselves, and develop. I ask that you simply proceed your assist of the studio’s endeavors.
As soon as once more, I wish to categorical my deepest appreciation to all of you. Thanks a lot on your assist. Keep tuned for the numerous new beginnings!
Whereas Saito’s reads:
Thanks very a lot on your continued assist of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio.
On a private be aware, I wish to take this chance to tell you that I’m leaving SEGA to take a unique path. Going ahead, Collection Producer Yokoyama will succeed the Studio Lead place, and Producer Sakamoto and Director Horii will turn into core leaders inside Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio.
I’ve been concerned in Yakuza’s improvement from the start and served as head of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio for 9 years, so I really feel a robust attachment in direction of it. It’s unhappy to go away the place and colleagues who I shared many ups and downs with, however Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has grown to a robust group after 10 years since its beginning.
I imagine that the studio has the facility to not solely proceed the Yakuza collection, but in addition to hold on that momentum even additional past. The studio’s proficient personnel are very able to conducting this, which is why I can go away it of their care with confidence.
I’m very grateful for being concerned within the collection that has lasted for 15 years, and I wish to lengthen my gratitude to all of the followers who’ve supported us, the workers who’ve labored collectively to develop the Yakuza collection, in addition to everybody within the business that touched the Yakuza collection ultimately.
I sit up for seeing new titles and can proceed to assist Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio – this time, as a fan.
I hope the followers will proceed to assist the brand new Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. As soon as once more, thanks a lot on your assist over time.
In some clear and apparent methods, it is a blow each for the studio and the way forward for the collection. Yakuza is Nagoshi and Nagoshi is Yakuza, and whereas he had stepped again from frontline improvement of the collection in recent times, the video games merely wouldn’t be right here with out him.
Saito, in the meantime, has additionally performed an enormous half within the improvement of the collection, serving as director on Yakuza three and as a producer on the whole lot from Yakuza Kiwami to Judgment.
But the studio, correctly, prefaced each departure bulletins with an extended publish by Ryu Ga Gotoku’s new director Masayoshi Yokoyama, who explains:
Ryu Ga Gotoku’s predecessors have handed down their beliefs and know-how to each workers member. You may witness it within the not too long ago launched Misplaced Judgment and can see it within the upcoming sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon which is able to proceed Ichiban Kasuga’s story.
This sport is at present being developed by producer Sakamoto and administrators Horii, Ito and Mitake. I personally together with Takeuchi and Furuta are engaged on the story.
Whether or not it’s six months or one 12 months from now, I hope to point out you a brand new Ryu Ga Gotoku title by a brand new Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio that’s totally different however nonetheless the identical, and one thing that can spark a sense of “that is what we’re ready for” inside you. I’d prefer to proceed on my life as a online game creator with earnestness.
Uh, six months please, a 12 months is simply too lengthy.