Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio director Masayoshi Yokoyama has revealed Yakuza 8 will 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 fully unrelated to the Yakuza and Judgment franchises.
Yakuza 8 is at the moment a working title. It will be set “several years” after the occasions of Yakuza: Like a Dragon and as soon as once more function Ichiban Kasuga because the protagonist. Otherwise, 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 can also be hypothesis the franchise might transfer away from Japan and head to new countries.
In the meantime, the studio can also be working an an unannounced title that’s unrelated to the Yakuza and Judgment franchises. This doesn’t imply the crew is leaving Judgment behind, although. Yokoyama clarified the franchise “is also very important to us” and that “we’ll actively challenge ourselves to create new titles, not only for Judgment, [but] as circumstances permit.”
Concerns about the way forward for the franchises have been rife since Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Daisuke Sato left the studio in October. While neither have confirmed their plans for the longer term, Nagoshi is (*8*) following negotiations. For its half, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio promoted Yokoyama to studio director and government producer whereas Ryosuke Horii grew to become the Yakuza sequence’ chief director and Hiroyuki Sakamoto grew to become chief producer. Yokoyama clarified that “structural shift is a sign of change” and it was “very normal for a company to change up the structure of its staff.” It was seemingly a mandatory transfer as “changes are unlikely to occur in this sort of setup without shaking things up.” The studio now has 300 workers members.