Yakuza games director creates his own studio, what can we expect?

Toshihiro Nagoshi, the former head of the Yakuza franchise, leaves Sega to found his own studio.

Last October, Toshihiro Nagoshi, the director of the game saga Yakuza, announced to leave SEGA to focus on his personal projects. Today, we learn that his goal was to found his own development studio, soberly named Nagoshi Studio. He announces the news to his fans via an interview with the Japanese magazine Famitsu.

In it, he explains that he wants to highlight his creative freedom, which is much greater than when he was at SEGA, sometimes blocked for budget reasons or brand image issues. With his new studio, he hopes to be able to focus more on creating video games that are not limited to Japanese audiences. He also talks about his partnership with NetEase, a company that has been producing video games for 20 years now.

Known mainly for its influence in the computer world, NetEase is also a partner of choice for Toshihiro Nagoshi, so much so that it is the Chinese company that fully finances the creator’s new studio, as well as his projects. It must be said that NetEase is a handful of funded and produced games, including Diablo Immortal, Total War: Arena, or Marvel Super War to recite nobody else but them. The company’s resume now has around twenty games to its name.

A team of many talents

Of course Toshihiro Nagoshi is not the only one involved in this story, he thought of taking former SEGA employees with him to found his studio. We therefore find producer Daisuke Sato, artists Kazuki Hosokawa, Toshihiro Ando and Naoki Someya, programmer Koji Tokieda, designer Masao Shirosaki, engineer Mitsunori Fujimoto, and director Taichi Ushioda in the fine team. They have all been involved in the design of Yakuza games before, so we can expect games of the same style from them.

At the moment, Nagoshi Studio’s future projects, or even those in progress, are not currently known to the general public. On the side of SEGA on the other hand, we know that it is Masayoshi Yokoyama who has taken over responsibility for the next game. Yakuza at the head of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio.

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