Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio (RGG Studio) is going through some big changes with the departure of founders Toshihiro Nagoshi and Daisuke Saito. The studio’s new director Masayoshi Yokoyama talked about a new game from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio that isn’t from the Yakuza or Judgment franchises and more in this week’s Famitsu magazine (via ryokutya2089).
Check out the highlights from the interview with Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio director Masayoshi Yokoyama below:
- “It’s a very normal thing for a company to change its personnel structure. It made me really happy to know that we went as far as making a big announcement for something so ordinary.”
- “Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has grown to 300 staff over the past ten years. It’s been a top-three of Nagoshi, Sato, and myself for so long; however, changes aren’t likely to happen without doing something as impactful to the organization. In a sense, I think of this structural change as a sign of change.”
- “Yakuza 8 will be a sequel story that takes place several years after the events of Yakuza 7 (Yakuza: Like a Dragon in the West).”
- “It will be a story of Ichiban Kasuga. (On whether Ichiban Kasuga will be the protagonist) Umm, well, yes. Yeah, that’s right.”
- “We will continue to take good care of the Judgment series.”
- “We will actively challenge ourselves in creating new titles, not limited to the Judgment series, as long as the circumstances allow it.”
- “Work on an unannounced title outside of both series (Yakuza and Judgment) is currently underway.”
There’s no telling what the unannounced new game is, but Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has worked on several franchises outside of its own in the past, including Fist of the North Star and Virtua Fighter. It also can be a new IP or work on another Sega property.