Next Yakuza Project to remain ‘hardcore’ but ‘interesting’ according to SEGA’s Toshihiro Nagoshi

The latest retail issue of Edge magazine features a interview with SEGA Chief Creative Officer Toshihiro Nagoshi where he talks about the development stories behind F-Zero GX and Yakuza; but also teases the Yakuza Studios next project:

“It will still be quite hardcore at the beginning, but I want the player to think “Oh this game seems really interesting” – that’s what I’m aiming for this time. That goes for the technology too, though I don’t want to say more as it will spoil the fun. By introducing a new and more current systems, I’d like to increase the number of players. And if I do that, I can re-introducing Kiryu-san to some new fans. That would be ideal.” – Toshihiro Nagoshi
The most interesting part is where he says he wants to re-introduce Kiryu-san to new fans, which is odd because the next Yakuza project, being titled Shin Yakuza, is suppose to have a brand new lead character and Yakuza 6 was meant to be Kiryu’s last game. Some people are assuming there is some translation errors, but could it be that Shin Yakuza will have Kazuma Kiryu as a NPC supporting character in the story? I guess we will find out sooner than later, with Tokyo Game Show 2018 around the corner… What do you think?
[Via: ResetEra]
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One response to “Next Yakuza Project to remain ‘hardcore’ but ‘interesting’ according to SEGA’s Toshihiro Nagoshi

  1. Hitrax says:

    There was some SEGA officials going to Microsoft a few months back, looked like they were in talks about something potentially big. Some speculated Microsoft would work with Sega on something or Sega was planning on extending a new partnership like creating a digital ‘SEGA Forever’ platform on Xbox One – as Sega has said before that they don’t want it to be exclusive to mobiles and were interested in eventually bringing it to a hard platform, or like a subscription service. Or that Sega was interested in bringing exclusive or previously exclusive IP to a new platform – some speculated this could be the Yakuza series, because Toshihiro recently spoke about the idea of Xbox being the next ideal platform for the franchise.

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