Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

Toshihiro Nagoshi, creator of Monkey Ball and Yakuza, confirms departure from Sega

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio with a new look that looks like it’s about to release the biggest arena rock album of the year. (image: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio).

Dragon is best known in Hong Studio, Sega’s development studio Yakuza The team responsible for the series and this month’s Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania has announced a move to a new structure.

Studio director Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Daisuke Sato leave Sega, and producer Masayoshi Yokoyama becomes director and executive producer of the new company. Hiroyuki Sakamoto was also promoted to Chief Producer, and Ryosuke Horii became Chief Director.

In 2021, Ryu will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Hong Studio. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your patronage from the Yakuza series to the Judgment series.

Upon reaching the milestone of the last decade, Ryu will move to a new structure at Hong Studio. We continue our mission to provide the best entertainment through the game, so look forward to our bright future.

Both Nagoshi and Sato have left a message for studio fans. Website.. Minoru Nagoshi said, “As we leave Sega, Ryu will resign as the director of the studio. We thank the fans who have supported us and the Yakuza series for many years. With heartfelt gratitude.”

Neither Nagoshi nor Sato have officially disclosed their future destinations so far, but it was reported that Nagoshi was scheduled to leave Sega in August due to Chinese video game giant Hong Kong NetEase.

For Ryuga Gotoku, the studio is currently working on the next sequel. Yakuza: Like a dragon, A game being developed by producer Sakamoto and directors Horii, Ito, and Mitake.