Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio

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Ryu Ga Gotoku have a new studio lead and plans for Yakuza: LAD sequel

The Yakuza game series successfully passed the torch from long time leading protagonist to another with Yakuza: Like A Dragon last year and now developers Ryu Ga Gotoku are looking to do the same. Series director Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Daisuke Sato are both leaving Sega, handing over the RGG studio lead position to writer and producer Masayoshi Yokoyama. Along with the announcement of the change, Yokoyama says that RGG plan to “let our games do the talking” including the in progress sequel to Yakuza: LAD. Read more

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Yakuza series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi may be leaving Sega for NetEase

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. The legendary Toshihiro Nagoshi may soon end his storied career at Sega. Toshihiro Nagoshi, creator of the Yakuza, and Judgment series, is seemingly on his way out of Sega. According to a new Bloomberg report, Nagoshi is in “final negotiations” with Chinese giant NetEase. NetEase, and rival Tencent have been looking to expand beyond China, and the two have been poaching top-level talent from Japan. Nagoshi would be given the funding to establish and lead a new team at NetEase….

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Have You Played… Yakuza: Kiwami?

Yakuza: Kiwami is Kazuma Kiryu’s first outing, but it’s been remade to look even nicer and play even better. And by this, I mean that self-proclaimed “Mad Dog” Goro Majima will pop out of bins and manhole covers to fight you with even more gusto. Read more

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SEGA has no plans to bring Lost Judgment to PC “at this time”

By Stephany Nunneley 8 May 2021 18:07 GMT Looks like the source code on the Lost Judgement website listing the game for PC was just an error. That’s if SEGA’s comment regarding a PC version of Lost Judgment is anything to go by.Watch on YouTubeSpeaking in an email with PC Gamer, a SEGA spokesperson confirmed that the recently announced game is not coming to PC anytime soon. “The game is being announced for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One,” said the representative. “SEGA has no plans to bring Lost Judgment to PC at this time.”What got…

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Yakuza series turn-based battles are here to stay, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio say

Yakuza series developers Ryu Ga Gotoku revealed a sequel to their spinoff series Judgement today. The announcement came and went without any mention of a PC release though, alas. It did produce an interesting detail about the future of the Yakuza series. After turning the traditionally beat ’em up brawler games on their head by switching to turn-based combat in Yakuza: Like A Dragon, RGG say that the series will continue in that style while the Judgement series carries the action game banner. Intriguing! Read more

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Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life review

After I completed Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life, I don’t think I recovered for weeks. It was almost new year’s day, and I watched as it faded to black, the roll of the credits followed by the tinkle of piano. It hit me then: that was it, Kiryu’s chapter had come to a close. As the music swelled, I remember thinking about all the great times I had shared with my buff boy. “Man, what a journey”, I thought to myself, “but what a send-off.” And now I’ve revisited the action-RPG on PC, I’m not surprised at my response….

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The joy of being a benevolent capitalist in Yakuza: Like A Dragon

Hong Kong has a popular snack chain called Aji Ichiban. Despite the name, it’s not actually Japanese, but I do recall going to these stores a lot whenever my family and I visited, where we’d fill our suitcases with its giant pack range of Chinese pork jerky and dried mangos. Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s Ichiban Confections is also a snack shop, albeit one that specialises in Japanese rice crackers. It’s also unfortunately on its last legs – unless someone with the right business acumen can turn it around. (more…)

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Yakuza’s 15th anniversary livestream will include news on “future developments”

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:29 GMT Yakuza developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio plans to hold a special livestream to mark the series’ 15th anniversary in December.Hot on the heels of the launch of the critically acclaimed Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio plans to hold a livestream that’ll include notes on future plans for the series (thanks, PCGamesN).The studio announced the plans via its Twitter account, which reveals the dedicated livestream will include a retrospective on 15 years of the series and promises to announce “future developments” for Yakuza, too. 【『龍が如く』15周年 記念特番配信決定】12月8日(火)20時より龍が如く15周年を記念した生放送番組を配信決定! ゲストに黒田崇矢さん、中谷一博さんをお迎えし、15年の歴史を振り返ると共に、今後の展開を発表いたします! 視聴URLはこちらhttps://t.co/LuDiquRGkb#龍が如く pic.twitter.com/czdiVCL0RK — 龍が如くスタジオ 公式…

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Yakuza producer would like to create “a completely different Sonic” game if given the chance

As part of the celebration for Sega’s 60th anniversary, they’ve sat down with long-time Yakuza series producer and director Daisuke Sato to talk about his history with the company. Although he’s got years of Yakuza games to his name, including Yakuza: Like A Dragon, the series he’s never gotten involved with but would like to is Sonic. Heck, maybe that’s a Sonic game even I would play. (more…)

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Yakuza: Like A Dragon is the most playful the series has ever been

I’m playing bombastic action RPG Yakuza: Like A Dragon for review, and I’ve not spent quite as much time as I’d like with it to give you the full lowdown. But I wanted to give you some of my first impressions – a little rib in the chest before the big sucker punch. One thing I’m absolutely certain of already is that Like A Dragon is the most expressive Yakuza of the lot. Not that the previous bunch weren’t comfortable in their own skin, it’s more like they were a little too comfortable. They stuck so rigidly to what they…