‘Yakuza’ Creator Toshihiro Nagoshi Leaves Sega

Longtime Yakuza series producer and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio head Toshihiro Nagoshi confirms he is leaving SEGA and the Yakuza series.

Along with him Daisuke Sato, the series’ producer, has also confirmed he is leaving the studio.

“As of today, a new Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio is born where the series will live on. Though I don’t know for sure what they will create, I believe the new generation will further enhance the foundation we built over the years and deliver great games to the world. To achieve that, they too need to continue to learn, challenge themselves, and grow. I ask that you continue your support of the studio’s endeavors.” Nagoshi wrote in his farewell message

Masayoshi Yokoyama is the new studio lead, , and director Ryosuke Horii and producer Hiroyuki Sakamoto are becoming “core leaders” of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, who will continue to make Yakuza games.

“I believe that the studio has the power to not only continue the Yakuza series,” writes Sato, “but also to carry on that momentum even further beyond. The studio’s talented personnel are very capable of accomplishing this, which is why I can leave it in their care with confidence.”

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