Not only Yakuza: the studio behind the famous series is working on something new

Not only Yakuza: the studio behind the famous series is working on something new

Not only Yakuza

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, the software house that gave birth to the Yakuza series, will continue to work on something new. No, there is no need to worry: the saga centered around the events of families linked to the Japanese mafia will still exist, but the studio, after working on Judgment, feels the need to try to build something new.

Studio director Masayoshi Yokoyama thought of unveiling the plans of the software house, during an interview with Famitsu. “We are working on something we haven't announced yet,” Yokoyama's words. Something that obviously goes beyond Yakuza and Judgment, a sign of how the studio is actually still looking for some new idea and that it absolutely does not want to fossilize on one or two franchises.

A sequel to Yakuza: Like A Dragon is already in the works, while Judgment seems to be suspended due to some events concerning the main actor of the new IP of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, or Takuya Kimura. What is boiling in the pot is therefore still unknown, but it is very likely that a possible reveal will not happen before a few months. And as per tradition, it will hardly happen outside the borders of the Rising Sun: the studio is in fact in partnership with SEGA and usually all their works are announced only in events held in Japan.

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The Yakuza series is one of the most prolific in the world of video games: over the years the saga has seen not only a continuous release of new chapters, but also of spin-offs and remake / remastered , which took the game away from the PlayStation platforms. Now the entire series is in fact also available on PC and Xbox. In all likelihood, therefore, the next Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio project will be completely cross-platform from the beginning, but obviously we await further details on this from SEGA and the software house.

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Ryu Ga Gotoku Developing New Franchise Not Connected To Yakuza And Judgment

The studio behind the Yakuza series and the Judgment series, Ryu Ga Gotoku, is working on a new franchise, but it won’t be connected to either of their beloved crime-related series. 

This news comes from Video Games Chronicle, which reports that studio director Masayoshi Yokohama told Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu that RGG is planning a new game separate from the Yakuza or Judgment series. 

“We’re also working on unannounced titled outside of [Yakuza and Judgment],” Yokoyama told Famitsu. 

If you’re worried about not getting more Yakuza as a result, though, don’t fret – RGG has already confirmed that a sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon is in the works, even though series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi has departed from Sega. The future of the Judgment series, however, is not so guaranteed. As noted by VGC, after an alleged dispute between Sega and lead actor Takuya Kimura’s talent agency, it’s unclear if the series even has its leading actor to rely on for the role of Takayuki Yagami. 

Yokoyama said RGG “will continue to cherish the Judgment series” when talking to Famitsu, so that’s something. Only time will tell what comes of it, but now we know a new franchise is in the works at the studio.

While waiting to learn more about it, check out Game Informer’s Lost Judgment review and then read Game Informer’s Yakuza: Like a Dragon review. Check out this story about Yakuza series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi’s departure from Sega after that.  

[Source: VGC]

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