Thanks to its many quality productions, the Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has become one of the crown jewels of SEGA. And if the studio is obviously known for the Yakuza series, it has already cheated on it. According to its new big boss, the Japanese studio will continue to juggle several licenses. And it won’t just be about Yakuza and Judgment.
SEGA’s Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio is currently working on unannounced games that are unrelated to Yakuza. The information could not be more official. It comes indeed from Masayoshi Yokoyama, the new director of this same Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio.
The Yakuza studio teases and maintains the mystery
The information comes from the latest issue of the Japanese magazine Famitsu, relayed by ryokutya2089 and translated by the British site VGC. Famitsu had the opportunity to speak with Masayoshi Yokoyama, Toshihiro Nagoshi’s replacement at the head of RGG Studio. On the studio’s future, the SEGA executive revealed:
We are also working on unannounced and separate titles of Yakuza and Judgment.
Unfortunately for the curious, the Japanese developer does not go into details. It may therefore be a question of new licenses, as well as of titles linked to these known intellectual properties. In the past, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has tried TPS with the underrated Binary Domain. The latter is also playable on Xbox One and Xbox Series S | X since this week.
The SEGA studio also produced a licensed game. He did indeed have Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise, a Yakuza-inspired game set in the universe of Ken the Survivor. The possibilities are therefore numerous.
Judgment condemned at SEGA?
Note that the interview also addressed the case of the Judgment series. Regarding the latter, Masayoshi Yokoyama expressed himself in an enigmatic way:
We will continue to cherish the Judgment series.
According to serious rumors, SEGA and Takuya Kimura, the interpreter of Takayuki Yagami in Judgment, would like to continue the series. Disagreements between its agents and SEGA over the release of PC games, however, could end this Yakuza spin-off prematurely.
As a reminder, this same Masayoshi Yokoyama has already formalized the development of Yakuza 8. The latter will be a direct sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon and will once again feature Kasuga Ichiban. With the Yakuza games set as they release, the action is expected to take place several years after the last episode. In conclusion, fans of the studio should not run out of games to eat.
What do you think of these statements from Masayoshi Yokoyama? Would you like him to try new licenses? Would you like him to do other titles in the vein of Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise? Do you think Judgment will be entitled to a third episode? What do you expect from Yakuza 8? Empty your bag in the comments below.