In an official announcement, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio confirmed that Toshihiro Nagoshi and Daisuke Sato are leaving Sega. Toshihiro Nagoshi was the head of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and the creator of the Yakuza series, Super Monkey Ball, and more. He has been at Sega for many years. Daisuke Sato was the series producer for the Yakuza games. Both of them are leaving Sega with Masayoshi Yokoyama now the Director of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. The full leadership lineup of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio going forward is here.
The new studio structure announcement includes a message from Masayoshi Yokoyama who details these changes and what to expect from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio in the future. He goes on to say that the sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon will continue Ichiban’s story. The story is being worked on by Yokoyama, Takeuchi, and Furuta while it is being developed by producer Sakamoto and directors Horii, Ito, and Mitake. He goes on to say that he hopes to showcase a new Ryu Ga Gotoku title by this new Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio that will be different but still the same.
I’m very interested to see where both Toshihiro Nagoshi and Daisuke Sato end up going and what they do next.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is out now for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC platforms. It was our Xbox Game of the Year for 2020.