Toshihiro Nagoshi, Famed Creator of “Yakuza” Series, Starts His Own Studio


People remember Sega most for their famous blue speedster, Sonic the Hedgehog. A more cultured person, however, would associate Sega with it’s illustrious “Yakuza” series. When Sega was on the verge of bankruptcy and closure in 2005, Toshihori Nagoshi placed all of his bets on the very first Yakuza game. Set in Kamurochō, the first Yakuza game, as well as its successors, follow Kazuma Kiryu through his gang life and the struggles he faces as a man along the way. The games are full of engaging action, hilarious moments and dialogue, as well as a deeper emotional turmoil that comes off as ridiculous at first, but develops into an intense rollercoaster of feelings and pain. That may seem like an exaggeration, but I can honestly say that many of the emotional points of the game brought me to tears. They’re masterpieces and Nagoshi was the genius who not only brought them to fruition, but also brought Sega back from the brink of death with them.

That being said, Nagoshi actually left Sega with a handful of coworkers. And who could blame him? The culture at Sega has not only had an affect on those who work there, but it’s also affected their devoted fans. Horrible business decisions, blatant ignorance towards the desires of their fans, and antiquated practices have led Sega to become somewhat of a joke in modern day gaming. Fret not though, Nagoshi is beginning his own studio under Netease. He promises that it will harbor “an open atmosphere”, something that is desperately needed at game dev companies. As of now we are unsure of the future of the “Yakuza” series, but we’ve no doubts that Nagoshi has plenty of IPs with potential should he lose the right to work on his brainchild any further.


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