The Sega Team That Makes Yakuza Games Will Make More Yakuza Games

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Posted by alex (3434 posts) -

The gentlemen and ladies at Sega who have toiled away lo these last several years on the Yakuza series aren't just one-trick ponies. For instance, series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi, long before he got into the whole Yakuza thing, also created the Super Monkey Ball series, and has worked on everything from Sonic to Billy Hatcher over the course of his career.

Toshihiro Nagoshi, looking a lot scarier than he did during his Super Monkey Ball days.
Toshihiro Nagoshi, looking a lot scarier than he did during his Super Monkey Ball days.

That said, apparently Nagoshi, alongside a number of his primary cohorts from the various Yakuza projects, are really into this whole Yakuza thing now. So much so, in fact, that they have formed their own studio. Appropriately titled "Yakuza Studio" (or Ryu ga Gotoku Studio), Nagoshi and posse will, predictably, be focusing on new entries in the Yakuza franchise, including a fifth Yakuza console title, and a new PSP game called Yakuza Black Panther 2.

According to a write-up from Andriasang (which they translated from the latest issue of Famitsu), Yakuza 5 is still extremely early in development, and details likely won't be slid in the direction of the press any time in the foreseeable future. Black Panther 2, however, is a bit further along, and focuses on the same protagonist as Yakuza Black Panther. Granted, that first PSP title never released outside of Japan, so the odds of this sequel coming to any other territories seem equally, if not more slim.

Despite the new moniker, Nagoshi and crew do plan to make games not named Yakuza once in a while. The team is still working on Binary Domain, a sci-fi action title set to release early next year. That game obviously has nothing to do with anything related to the Yakuza, but don't be surprised if Nagoshi decides to give the lead character a bitchin' full-back dragon tattoo or something, just to keep the theme going.

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#1 Posted by alex (3434 posts) -

The gentlemen and ladies at Sega who have toiled away lo these last several years on the Yakuza series aren't just one-trick ponies. For instance, series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi, long before he got into the whole Yakuza thing, also created the Super Monkey Ball series, and has worked on everything from Sonic to Billy Hatcher over the course of his career.

Toshihiro Nagoshi, looking a lot scarier than he did during his Super Monkey Ball days.
Toshihiro Nagoshi, looking a lot scarier than he did during his Super Monkey Ball days.

That said, apparently Nagoshi, alongside a number of his primary cohorts from the various Yakuza projects, are really into this whole Yakuza thing now. So much so, in fact, that they have formed their own studio. Appropriately titled "Yakuza Studio" (or Ryu ga Gotoku Studio), Nagoshi and posse will, predictably, be focusing on new entries in the Yakuza franchise, including a fifth Yakuza console title, and a new PSP game called Yakuza Black Panther 2.

According to a write-up from Andriasang (which they translated from the latest issue of Famitsu), Yakuza 5 is still extremely early in development, and details likely won't be slid in the direction of the press any time in the foreseeable future. Black Panther 2, however, is a bit further along, and focuses on the same protagonist as Yakuza Black Panther. Granted, that first PSP title never released outside of Japan, so the odds of this sequel coming to any other territories seem equally, if not more slim.

Despite the new moniker, Nagoshi and crew do plan to make games not named Yakuza once in a while. The team is still working on Binary Domain, a sci-fi action title set to release early next year. That game obviously has nothing to do with anything related to the Yakuza, but don't be surprised if Nagoshi decides to give the lead character a bitchin' full-back dragon tattoo or something, just to keep the theme going.

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#2 Edited by Voxatron (376 posts) -

Yakuza Black Panther 2?! I guess this means they won't be bring over that Yakuza zombie game anytime soon then, what a bummer. :(

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#3 Posted by eroticfishcake (7857 posts) -

I'm surprised it took them this long to form their own studio given the massive popularity of the franchise in Japan (and spurring popularity from the West). Still, great to know that they're going bigger and better. I love those games. But I still want a Western localisation of Yakuza: Of The End.

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#4 Posted by rjayb89 (7811 posts) -

Wish I could finish my copy of Yakuza 4. Lent it to my cousin, then my PS3 broke. Was in the middle of Saejima avoiding cops in the city. If they brought it to the PC, maybe the textures would be better...

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#5 Posted by TheLeamenator (169 posts) -

YAAAKUZAAAAA!!!

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#6 Posted by UnrealDP (1260 posts) -

Wow, it's good to see some stuff go up even in the early morning. Thanks east coast Alex!

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#7 Posted by ApolloBob (577 posts) -

There's corn on this pizza!

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#8 Posted by Grissefar (2904 posts) -

I hope Yakuza: Of The End comes over some times this or next year. I loved 4 so dearly and hope to play some more of Akiyama.

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#9 Posted by soralapio (285 posts) -

I love how I can immediately tell it's an Alex story by the headline alone.

<3 Alex :)

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#10 Posted by Yummylee (24646 posts) -
@eroticfishcake said:
I'm surprised it took them this long to form their own studio given the massive popularity of the franchise in Japan (and spurring popularity from the West). Still, great to know that they're going bigger and better. I love those games. But I still want a Western localisation of Yakuza: Of The End.
YESH.  
 
As for Yakuza 5, I hope Kiryu will once again take a little more of a backseat role and they start to branch a bit more with one or more of the other three characters - or just introduce even more characters. The set-up and intertwining story of the four rather distinctive characters in Yakuza 4 was easily the best part of the entire game.
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#11 Posted by MannyMAR (656 posts) -

Man, I'm glad they're that dedicated franchise.

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#12 Posted by eroticfishcake (7857 posts) -
@Abyssfull: Second that. I quite liked the structure for Yakuza 4 (though from a gameplay point of view it was slighty tedous) but still, I would KILL to have an entire game with Akiyama as the main protagonist. 
 
And I DEMAND more karaoke with Hana-Chan dammit!
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#13 Posted by MooseyMcMan (12504 posts) -

So still no news on if Yakuza of the End is coming to the US? 

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#14 Posted by Batmeng (204 posts) -

Countdown to Yakuza 1 & 2 HD remake announcement. Starting at 10.....9......8......7

Any day now.

And I WILL fucking buy them.

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#15 Posted by WatanabeKazuma (1006 posts) -

Where's Black Panther 1?!! 
 
Also I thought 'The End' was a given to come over, now I'm not so sure :( 
 
@Panic_Switch said:

Yakuza Black Panther 2?! I guess this means they won't be bring over that Yakuza zombie game anytime soon then, what a bummer. :(

...Its not just me then, shit.
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#16 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

Yakuza Black Panther 2: coming in summer 2012...in Japan. Coming to America in fall of 2018.

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#17 Posted by buhssuht (468 posts) -

i wish they did something about their mini game. they r somewhat fun but the fact that i have to perfect them to get certain items is just damn hard

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#18 Posted by OllyOxenFree (5015 posts) -

So I guess we're gonna see the Millennium Tower blow up many many times now.

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#19 Posted by SerHulse (710 posts) -
@WatanabeKazuma said:
Where's Black Panther 1?!! 
 
Also I thought 'The End' was a given to come over, now I'm not so sure :( 
 
@Panic_Switch said:

Yakuza Black Panther 2?! I guess this means they won't be bring over that Yakuza zombie game anytime soon then, what a bummer. :(

...Its not just me then, shit.
Black Panther 1 was only released on the Japanese PSP PSN Store I believe,
 
And I so hope Of The End gets a western release, otherwise I'll be pissed. :(
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#20 Posted by ikabubu (271 posts) -

SHOCKING!!! 
 
 
...but, seriously, the fact that they seem to sell well enough in and out of Japan well enough to push sequels is... quite surprising to me. 
I wonder how much it cost to produce Yakuza 4, how much they earned internationally, and how much it will cost for Yakuza 5. Does it really sell that well in Japan? Let alone, here or in Europe?

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#21 Posted by Cirdain (3732 posts) -

DO NOT DO A YAKUZA GAME FOR ENDURANCE RUN... that all for now folks ;)

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#22 Posted by TheMartino (136 posts) -

Make them finish Shenmue.

Thanks!

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#23 Posted by WatanabeKazuma (1006 posts) -
@Video_Game_King said:
Yakuza Black Panther 2: coming in summer 2012...in Japan. Coming to America in fall of 2018.
Its funny because its partially (mostly) true! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
:(
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#24 Posted by ajamafalous (13268 posts) -

PIZZA HUT GIVIN' YOU AN EXTRA LENGTHY DEMO! CODES INSIDE E'RY BOX

PARTY TIME SONIC THE HEDGEHOG LET'S GO GEORGE FOREMAN

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#25 Posted by BabyChooChoo (6405 posts) -

@ajamafalous said:

PIZZA HUT GIVIN' YOU AN EXTRA LENGTHY DEMO! CODES INSIDE E'RY BOX PARTY TIME SONIC THE HEDGEHOG LET'S GO GEORGE FOREMAN

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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#26 Posted by Olivaw (1280 posts) -
@Cirdain said:

DO NOT DO A YAKUZA GAME FOR ENDURANCE RUN... that all for now folks ;)

FUCK THAT, TOTALLY DO A YAKUZA GAME FOR AN AN ENDURANCE RUN 
 
SHIT IS PERFECT
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#27 Posted by kollay (2079 posts) -

I am perfectly fine with this. Yakuza is one of the last few good series that SEGA produces.

After the ending of Yakuza 4, I wanted 5 at that fucking moment.

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#28 Posted by Olivaw (1280 posts) -
@ikabubu said:
SHOCKING!!!   ...but, seriously, the fact that they seem to sell well enough in and out of Japan well enough to push sequels is... quite surprising to me. I wonder how much it cost to produce Yakuza 4, how much they earned internationally, and how much it will cost for Yakuza 5. Does it really sell that well in Japan? Let alone, here or in Europe?
Yakuza is a fucking banger in Japan. 
  
It's sort of like the Dragon Quest situation, where they don't sell as well over here, but over there they have to have national holidays on release dates because the entire nation just calls in sick on that day. 
 
Not quite to that level but you see what I'm getting at.
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#29 Posted by sparky_buzzsaw (7824 posts) -

@eroticfishcake: Agreed that Akiyama was definitely the best part of Yakuza 4, and that I'd love to see an entire game based around his character. As for more Hana karoake? I'll leave that to you.

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#30 Posted by zyn (2765 posts) -

Yeah!

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#31 Posted by Ghostiet (5832 posts) -
@ajamafalous said:
PIZZA HUT GIVIN' YOU AN EXTRA LENGTHY DEMO! CODES INSIDE E'RY BOX PARTY TIME SONIC THE HEDGEHOG LET'S GO GEORGE FOREMAN
WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH SEGAAA
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#32 Posted by TripMasterMunky (2527 posts) -

Yakuza Endurance Run. Wait no. Yakuza series Endurance Run. All games back to back.

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#33 Posted by Marokai (3550 posts) -
@TripMasterMunky said:

Yakuza Endurance Run. Wait no. Yakuza series Endurance Run. All games back to back.

You're a genius and I'm on board with this plan. MAKE IT HAPPEN, GIANT BOMB.
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#34 Posted by RiotBananas (3822 posts) -

What an incredibly predictable title Alex.

Getting bored.

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#35 Posted by vinsanityv22 (1066 posts) -

I personally am sick of Yakuza. It's a fine series, but it's practically Japan's Madden or Call of Duty at this point. And poor Amusement Vision - the creators of fun, creative, EXCELLENT games like Super Monkey Ball, F-Zero GX, Panzer Dragoon Orta and Jet Set Radio Future (since they absorbed Smilebit when Sega restructured their internal studios last generation) - are now stuck making only one game again and again and again. Year after year. F***ing annualized series. I can't imagine they even have many people still working there who were there during the Monkey Ball/Jet Set days. 
 
I'd trade all the Yakuza games for another Jet Set title. Sega's problems were never finding creative games or having talented guys pump out quality titles - it was always in promotion. Games like Jet Set could've been much more successful if they were promoted better. But now we'll never see these types of games from Amusement Vision again. That sucks.
 
I bet Sumo Digital could make a great Jet Set game for some reason, though. They were so respectful of many of Sega's franchises when they made the awesome, underrated Sonic All Stars Racing.

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#36 Edited by Cirdain (3732 posts) -

@Olivaw said:

@Cirdain said:

DO NOT DO A YAKUZA GAME FOR ENDURANCE RUN... that all for now folks ;)

FUCK THAT, TOTALLY DO A YAKUZA GAME FOR AN AN ENDURANCE RUN

SHIT IS PERFECT

*leans back* Reverse psychology hype. boom...... ;)

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#37 Posted by deactivated-57d3a53d23027 (1460 posts) -

Sweet, more franchises for me to enjoy.

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#38 Edited by BoOzak (1500 posts) -

I hope they stick to one character this time round, doesnt have to be Kiryu or any've the guys from prior iterations. I only say this because I hated having to relearn moves for marginally different chracters.. (combat wise)

..& I know it's asking alot but a new engine would go a long way, the current engine is really showing it's age. Other than that though i'm glad the same guys are working on the sequel, I thought I heard somewhere that the Yakuza team was working on some generic TPS, guess either it got cancelled or there was some misinformation.

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#39 Posted by MeatSim (11130 posts) -

Full-back dragon tattoos should be in every game really.

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