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 have got my sincerest and deepest gratitude.
I endured and am right here now due to what I realized 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 in the present day, 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 are going to create, I consider 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 must proceed to study, problem themselves, and develop. I ask that you just proceed your assist of the studio’s endeavors.
As soon as once more, I wish to specific 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 distinct path. Going ahead, Sequence Producer Yokoyama will succeed the Studio Lead place, and Producer Sakamoto and Director Horii will turn out to be 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 powerful attachment in the 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 powerful group after 10 years since its beginning.
I consider 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 gifted 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 indirectly.
I look ahead to 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, this can be 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 every little thing from Yakuza Kiwami to Judgment.
But the studio, correctly, prefaced each departure bulletins with a protracted 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 every workers member. You possibly can witness it within the lately 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 presently being developed by producer Sakamoto and administrators Horii, Ito and Mitake. I actually together with Takeuchi and Furuta are engaged on the story.
Whether or not it’s six months or one yr 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 completely 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 yr is simply too lengthy.