Toshihiro Nagoshi confirms Yakuza team are working on more games


Was there any doubt that Yakuza was ending? Well, Yakuza 6 has long been labeled as “the final chapter of Kazuma Kiryu”, so some have speculated that the series would take a break and the team would work on something else. During the Famitsu Awards, however, series general director Toshihiro Nagoshi confirmed that another Yakuza title is happening.

While not many specifics were given, it was said that he will not be walking back on the promise of the latest game being Kazuma Kiryu’s final chapter. Nagoshi made it clear that he wants to make a new Yakuza and that he did not want to narrow it to a single title, we could be seeing multiple games. The Yakuza 6 engine, dubbed the Dragon Engine, was said to be completed with the development of a second or third title. The timeframe for the reveal of the next game was given as “the not too distant future” and that there will be an opportunity to talk about the game early in its development.

What do you think about more Yakuza games? Would you want another prequel title, a true Yakuza 7 with a new main character, or perhaps a reboot focusing on a totally different cast?

[Source: Gematsu]


10 responses to “Toshihiro Nagoshi confirms Yakuza team are working on more games

  1. Harlemknight116 says:

    I wouldn’t mind more yakuza games. But, I would like to see some new IP and a BINARY DOMAIN sequel.

  2. OriginalName says:

    I think that Sega desperately needs to pull these people away from this series for awhile; this has honestly gotten out of hand. I don’t know if Japan needs to be rendered in any higher fidelity than it already has for at least another five years. You don’t want to have your entire brand defined by three original IP’s and a license (Sonic, Yakuza, Puyo Puyo, and Hatsune Miku). I can’t speak for everyone, but I don’t value Sega as a company that delivers familiar experiences, but one that creates new and surprising ones.

  3. Sonic says:

    More of the same lame rubbish from Toshihiro ‘I can’t make anything new’ Nagoshi-san. What a waste of a talented studio and staff.

    The sooner Nagoshi-san leaves SEGA the better

    • QuietWyatt says:

      So it’s safe to assume that you’re not a fan of the Yakuza series.

    • Sonic says:

      I like all the Yakuza games, but then I like all the Assassin’s creed games There comes a time to give the series a break and work on something new, rather than remake the same game over and over again. A sequel to Binary Domain with 4 player on-line co-op running on Dragon engine would be much more interesting than ‘yet’ another Yakuza game, taking place in the same old locations with the same old mini games.

    • QuietWyatt says:

      That kind of comment is much more reasonable rather than, “I hope he leaves and puts the crappy franchise in the dirt.”

      I believe that Nagoshi is also the Monkey Ball and Binary Domain guy as well. I would love a sequel to Binary Domain with tighter controls and a little more enemy variety. But considering how it sold, I very much doubt it’ll happen.

    • Barry the Nomad says:

      Worth noting that Nagoshi is more than just the Yakuza guy at SEGA now. Currently he is the Chief Creative Officer and is on the board for Atlus. You have to remember that SEGA’s goal is to be successful, so when a series sells well they will continue to support it (I would have thought somebody with a username of “Sonic” would understand that). Binary Domain was a risk and it was not a successful one. Yakuza is a proven success with a fanbase in Japan and a fanbase that has just been revived in the west. So it makes total sense for SEGA to continue to support Yakuza.

  4. Senjav says:

    So many dissolutioned people only see from the fans perspective, not from Sega’s perspective, from a Sega perspective, it makes perfect sense, Yakuza as a series always reinvents and tries something new with each iteration in the series so they don’t necessarily need a whole new IP to experiment with when Yakuza still has plenty to get through for the time being yet before taking a rest.
    At the end of the day, Sega is a business, and demand is very high for more Yakuza, so as a business, it makes absolute perfect sense that they want to meet demand, same with Sonic.

    Fickle complainers aren’t real fans, if they were, they’d understand Sega’s point of view completely, first priority is to satisfy demand before trying new risks. It’s great that Yakuza has been a massive success for Sega, and it deserves its success, here’s hoping they will commission a remake of Yakuza 2 soon – the only main entry in the series Still to receive a current gen update.

    • OriginalName says:

      Give me a break, man. Other people aren’t real fans because they want to see what the creative minds working at the company have to offer? How cynical is it to say that anyone who doesn’t have a shareholder’s mentality isn’t a fan of the company?

      Yakuza was a new IP once upon a time. I have nothing against it, but it’s not broad enough in scope to accomodate every ambitious idea. The new generation of Sega isn’t going to be able to explore their own new answers to games like Rez, NiGHTS into Dreams, Panzer Dragoon Saga, (or even loveable non-classics like Rent a Hero and Battle Golfer Yui) if they’re constantly working within the confines of one series.

      Remember, Sega’s motto is “Creation is Life”. I’m not saying they should go bankrupt making the games that I personally want to see, I’m saying that, frankly, they’re going to need to try some new things if they’re going to move forward and find the next generation’s Nagoshi-level talent.

  5. Defender says:

    Jeez, even on a Sega fan site Yakuza can’t get any love in the West. I guess things haven’t changed as much as some people have been saying.
    Personally, I’m looking forward to the next one. They always mix it up; every single game in the series feels fresh, brings something new, and has something unique about it. I have no doubts the next one will continue that.

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