Last year, a new game in the Yakuza series was released to critical and fan acclaim, and quickly shot to success for publisher Sega. Recently, the developers of the series announced a studio restructure as major developers from Ryu Ga Gotoku have announced their official departures, but not before confirming a sequel is in the works.
It's hardly a surprise a sequel to Yakuza: Like A Dragon is in development as the franchise is currently in the best position it's ever been in terms of success and popularity. Either way, it's good to hear that even though the legendary studio is losing some of its biggest contributors, it will still carry on the story.
Yakuza series creator and Sega Creative Director, Toshihiro Nagoshi, as well as Daisuke Sato, Head of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, have announced their departures. Masayoshi Yokoyama will be taking over the role of Director and Executive Producer at Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, and confirmed the Yakuza sequel in a farewell note to both Nagoshi and Sato:
“Ryu Ga Gotoku’s predecessors have passed down their beliefs and know-how to each and every staff member," Yokoyama said. "You can witness it in the recently released Lost Judgment and will see it in the upcoming sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon which will continue Ichiban Kasuga’s story.”
What do you think? Are you excited for a Yakuza Like a Dragon sequel? Did you play Like a Dragon? WHat did you think of it? What other games in the series have you played? And what’s your favorite Yakuza game so far? Let us know!