The developer that makes the Yakuza and Judgment games, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio (RGG Studio for short), has officially reshuffled following the confirmed departure of Yakuza series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi. His exit was heavily rumoured back in August.
The 56-year-old had become something of a legendary figure at SEGA, having spearheaded the creative vision and subsequent success of Yakuza as a franchise. Nagoshi actually started at the company back in the 90s, when he worked as a CG designer under Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki. It's safe to say that his eventual work on the Shenmue series would have a dramatic influence on Yakuza as a whole.
Nagoshi isn't the only important figure leaving SEGA, either. Daisuke Sato, who's been with RGG Studio from the start, is also making his exit. Sato, like Nagoshi, has been a key part of Yakuza's continued success in recent times. He was made head of the studio nine years ago, and it's gone from strength to strength ever since.
With both Nagoshi and Sato gone, it'll be up to SEGA's next generation to carry the torch. RGG Studio has highlighted seven key developers in a new blog post, and got them all together for one hell of a staff photo, which is embedded at the top of this article. Needless to say, these guys have inherited Nagoshi's famous sense of style.
What do you think the future holds for RGG Studio? Dream of Kamurocho in the comments section below.
Are those the winners of Squid Game?
The most Yakuza pic outside of Yakuza I've ever seen. So much style.
Anyways, I have faith in the studio. They have a great groundwork to build off of.
Best of luck to Nagoshi and Sato, they did a phenomenal job with the Yakuza series and its spinoffs. Hopefully the younger people taking over continue the streak of stellar releases.
I'm not crying, you're crying! ;_;
I hope Nagoshi-san has a great time in China and return to Japan as an even richer man in a few years. Looking forward to seeing how different he will look by then. Thank you for the constant barrage of amazing games while working at SEGA.
@bpomber oh nooo... you need to keep watching.
Honestly, they look more like the cast for the Japanese version of the undateables
As long as they finish the sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon that continues Ichiban Kasuga’s story I am good.
Everything is already there for the game part (do not change). Just tell me what happen next with the story part.
Thanks to their contribution to some of my greatest gaming experiences. On the other hand, I would like their replacements to not change things too much as they are almost perfect as they are in my opinion.
Thank you Nagoshi and Sato! Your work will not be forgotten and will always be cherished by myself and many other fans. As for the new heads of the studio I have nothing but faith that the studio is in good hands and that picture is just perfect!
I'm still playing Lost Judgment and so far I think it's my personal favorite game I've played this year so if this is any indication of the future of RGG then we are in great shape!
I can’t believe a video game studio looks like this in 2021
As much as I hate to see Nagoshi and Sato go, I completely trust the future of the studio in this team's hands. Yakuza 7 was my favorite game in the series, so I have total confidence the next one will rule.
Looks like they're about to rip off those jackets and throw down atop Millennium Tower.
A bunch of dope ass mutherjammers ready to drax them sklounst
RgG is left in good, nay, great hands. Awesome photo as well.
Awesome staff pic, hoping for great success for the next generation.
Hopefully the next sequel to Lost Judgement doesn't suffer from this. So far it's my goty from the story alone.
Damn, Yakuza 8 looking good! Can't wait
@Jacko11 nice meme lol
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