After a quiet controversy surrounding the future of the Judgment series, Sega revealed that they are working on a new IP alongside Yakuza 8.
After years of struggling with localization projects and low sales, 2020 is finally a breakout year for Sega’s. Yakuza series with the release Yakuza: Like a Dragon and the success of titles like Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami on Xbox Game Pass. This success has reshaped the future of developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, which recently saw a major makeover with series creator and general manager Toshihiro Nagoshi leaving Sega last month. along with series director Daisuke Sato. Speaking in a new interview, current studio head Masayoshi Yokoyama revealed that RGG Studios is currently working on two big, highly anticipated projects. Yakuza 8and a brand new IP.
Earlier this year, doubts were raised about the future of RGG Studios’ Yakuza spin-off series Judgement, when many Japanese newspapers began to report that the actor of the main character Takeyuki Yagami Takuya Kimura’s talent agency interferes with Sega’s plans for the series, specifically the release of the PC version. Reports imply that the infamous restriction agency doesn’t want to allow PC users to modify Kimura’s appearance in the game, which is used to resemble Yagami. While updates regarding this situation have been slim since initial reports, all indications seem to indicate that Sega is done. Judgement franchise, and Judgment lost potentially the last entry in the series due to this issue.
Adding to this speculation is a new interview with Head of RGG Studios Masayoshi Yokoyama performed by Famitsu. In this interview, Yokoyama commented on future titles that RGG Studios is currently developing, such as previously confirmed titles. Yakuza 8, has been confirmed to have the return of Yakuza: Like a Dragon protagonist Ichiban Kasuga, who is considered by RGG Studios to be the face of the series for the “next decade”.
More, Yakuza 8 will take place many years after the events of Like a dragon, which means some time has passed since Ichiban’s last outing. Finally, Yokoyama stated that the studio will “continue to cherish Judgement “seems to conclude that the studio has no plans for any new installments right now.
While this is certainly sad for Judgement fans, the change in leadership at RGG Studios could be the deciding factor allowing the studio to breathe new creativity into a new IP, one that doesn’t even need to be directly tied to the Yakuza world, like as other games from the studio like the often forgotten game Binary domain. As for when these titles might release, RGG Studios has kept a fairly consistent annual release schedule for its titles, which means we could see Yakuza 8 early next year, possibly with the same worldwide release schedule as Judgment lost.
Yakuza 8 is in the process of development.
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