The creator of the Yakuza series says it may be time for the development team to try something completely new, after so many years dedicated to the franchise. In an interview, Ryu Ga Gotoku director Toshihiro Nagoshi talks about his hope that he can allow his team to stretch developmental muscles.
“The Ryu Ga Gotoku team members have only really worked on the Yakuza series,” Nagoshi told Game Informer. “But I think it would be a waste if these really talented team members that we have can’t use all of their abilities to their full potential. That could be a challenge for themselves, creating something of a completely different genre and different style. No We still know that, but that’s something that we are really taking into account right now for the growth of our team as a whole. “
Ryu Ga Gotoku has dabbled in new genres within the Yakuza universe: he explored the other side of crime dramas with Judgment and turned his latest Yakuza game, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, into a turn-based RPG. But it seems the team may want to venture even further out of its comfort zone.
The Yakuza series has been in development for over 15 years and only recently gained greater success in the West. Most of the series focuses on the life of yakuza Kazuma Kiryu, while Like a Dragon introduced an entirely new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga. Like a Dragon scored a 9/10 in GameSpot’s review.
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