The latest Famitsu magazine is out and this week it manages to cover an interview with the Yakuza and Judgment series developers over at the Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios
In this interview the studio director Masayoshi Yokoyama went on to talk about both the Yakuza and Judgment series, mentioning that both the Yakuza and Judgment series are important to the team.
In fact Masayoshi went on to state that the next Yakuza title, which is currently being known as Yakuza 8, will be a direct sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon and will be set several years after the events of that said title. The game will also include Ichiban Kasuga as main protagonist once again.
Here is a quick summary of what was mentioned during the interview, thanks to Gematsu
- “It’s very normal for a company to change up the structure of its staff. I’m really quite happy to be in an environment where there’s a need to make a big announcement out of something so ordinary.”
- “Over the past 10 years, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has grown to 300 staff. [Toshihiro] Nagoshi, [Daisuke] Sato, and I have been the top three for quite some time, but changes are unlikely to occur in this sort of setup without shaking things up. In that sense, I think this structural shift is a sign of change.”
- “Yakuza 8 (title tentative) will be a sequel set several years after the story of Yakuza: Like a Dragon. When it launches, it’ll be an Ichiban Kasuga story.” (Is Ichiban Kasuga the protagonist?) “Yeah, well, yes. Yep, that’s right.”
- “The Judgment series is also very important to us.”
- “We’ll actively challenge ourselves to create new titles, not only for Judgment, as circumstances permit.”
- “Unannounced title(s) outside of both series [Yakuza and Judgment] are also in the works.”
The Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios was first formed and established back in August 2011 and though they are perhaps regarded as being a much smaller company, they have in the past years created some really iconic titles, with both the Yakuza and Judgment series being at the forefront.
In a recent article however, it was mentioned that the founder of the studio, Toshihiro Nagoshi, would be leaving in order to pursue mobile gaming with NetEase. This would mean that the series is now without its leading General Director.
It also comes to no real surprise that the next Yakuza title will be featuring Ichiban Kasuga once again, who replaced the long time series protagonist, Kiryu Kazuma, back with Yakuza: Like A Dragon. However, what kind of story it will hold this time remains to be seen. It is also likely that the role-playing mechanics and gameplay is likely to stay too.
As mentioned and what is also interesting is that the studio is also currently working on releasing titles outside of the Yakuza and Judgment series, though no real news on what kind of games these will be has been announced. However, it will of course be interesting to know more in the future months.