Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio director Masayoshi Yokoyama has revealed Yakuza 8 shall be set a number of years after the occasions of Yakuza: Like a Dragon. In an interview with Weekly Famitsu, as summarised by Ryokutya2089 and translated by Gematsu, Yokoyama additionally revealed the studio had an unannounced title in growth and that is utterly unrelated to the Yakuza and Judgment franchises.
Yakuza 8 is at present a working title. It will likely be set “a number of years” after the occasions of Yakuza: Like a Dragon and as soon as once more characteristic Ichiban Kasuga because the protagonist. In any other case, particulars are few and much between for now. We do know that it’ll nonetheless be a turn-based RPG now the franchise has moved away from motion gameplay. There’s additionally hypothesis the franchise could transfer away from Japan and head to new international locations.
Within the meantime, the studio can be working an an unannounced title that’s unrelated to the Yakuza and Judgment franchises. This doesn’t imply the workforce is leaving Judgment behind, although. Yokoyama clarified the franchise “can be crucial to us” and that “we’ll actively problem ourselves to create new titles, not just for Judgment, [but] as circumstances allow.”
Considerations about the way forward for the franchises have been rife since Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Daisuke Sato left the studio in October. Whereas neither have confirmed their plans for the long run, Nagoshi is rumored to have joined China’s NetEase following negotiations. For its half, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio promoted Yokoyama to studio director and government producer whereas Ryosuke Horii turned the Yakuza sequence’ chief director and Hiroyuki Sakamoto turned chief producer. Yokoyama clarified that “structural shift is an indication of change” and it was “very regular for an organization to vary up the construction of its employees.” It was seemingly a obligatory transfer as “adjustments are unlikely to happen on this kind of setup with out shaking issues up.” The studio now has 300 employees members.[Source: Weekly Famitsu via Ryokutya2089 and Gematsu]