Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio director Masayoshi Yokoyama has revealed: Yakuza 8 can be a number of years after the occasions of Yakuza: like a dragon. In an interview with Weekly Famitsu, as summarized by Ryokutya2089 and translated by Gematsu, Yokoyama additionally revealed that the studio had an unannounced title in growth and that is fully unrelated to the Yakuza and judgment franchises.
Yakuza 8 is at present a working title. It is going to be set “a number of years” after the occasions of Yakuza: like a dragon and once more that includes Ichiban Kasuga as the primary character. In any other case, there are few particulars in the intervening time. We do know that it’s going to nonetheless be a turn-based RPG now that the franchise has moved away from motion gameplay. There may be additionally hypothesis that the franchise may transfer out of Japan and head to new international locations.
In the meantime, the studio can also be engaged on an unannounced title that has nothing to do with the Yakuza and judgment franchises. This doesn’t imply that the workforce is leaving judgment effectively behind. Yokoyama clarified that the franchise “can also be essential to us” and that “we are going to actively problem ourselves to create new titles, not only for judgment, [but] if circumstances allow.”
Considerations about the way forward for the franchises have been widespread since Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Daisuke Sato left the studio in October. Whereas neither has confirmed their plans for the longer term, Nagoshi is rumored to have joined NetEase in China after negotiations. For his half, Ryu Ga Gotoku promoted Studio Yokoyama to studio director and government producer, whereas Ryosuke Horii promoted the Yakuza collection’ chief director and Hiroyuki Sakamoto turned chief producer. Yokoyama clarified that “structural shift is an indication of change” and that it was “very regular for an organization to vary the construction of its workforce”. It was apparently a obligatory step as a result of “it is unlikely that these sorts of settings will change with out shaking issues up.” The studio now has 300 staff.