Yakuza Creator to Become Sega Creative Director, Stepping Down as CCO


Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi will step down as Sega’s Chief Creative Officer, and take on the role of creative director – a move being seen by some as taking Nagoshi closer to active game development, as opposed to a supervisory role.Announced in a press release, the move comes among several changes in executive staff at Sega, and a wider restructure – although parent company Sega Sammy makes clear that there have been “no changes in the names, locations, business content, capital or fiscal year end” of Sega’s companies as a result of the changes.

No specific reasoning has been given for Nagoshi’s change in role, but many have taken it to mean that the creator will be moving back into more active development.Nagoshi is most famous for creating the Yakuza series, and subsequently founding the Ryu Ga Gotoku development studio, which develops the series for Sega. He also created Daytona USA, Virtua Striker, Super Monkey Ball, and Binary Domain, among many other credits. In recent years, his role has been less hands-on, serving as executive director on every Yakuza game since 2015’s Yakuza 0.

We awarded the latest Ryu Ga Gotoku game, Yakuza: Like a Dragon with a 7/10 review, saying it “takes some bold steps in a new direction for the series but neglects to maintain its balance.”

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