Toshihiro Nagoshi Confirms The Next Yakuza Game Is Already In Development On 15th Anniversary Stream

Toshihiro Nagoshi reconfirmed the next Yakuza game following Yakuza: Like A Dragon is currently in development at Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio.

December 8, 2020

Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio announced on the 15th anniversary stream of the Yakuza series that the next game is already in development, and judging from past words from the Producers, it’s possible it’ll be Yakuza: Like A Dragon 2. Be sure to check our full summary of the stream.

Toshihiro Nagoshi explained as the stream ended (2:36:03 timestamp): I’ll be repeating what everyone else said (the other producers). We can only thank the fans for supporting us this long. It’s thanks to the fans we can keep challenging ourselves and keep going. I think we work on each game as if it’s our last, and it’s one of the reasons we manage to always do our best. I can also confirm we’re working on the next game.


First off, we should mention that Masayoshi Yokoyama, after denying the rumors regarding the next game, already confirmed they’re working on something on Twitter. He basically said game developers are always working on something, and waiting for the right time to make announcements. And how sometimes that time never comes, with projects never releasing.

Moreover, it’s important to note that these past months, Producers Masayoshi Yokoyama and Toshihiro Nagoshi both hinted they wished for the next main games to keep Ichiban as the protagonist. Along with the JRPG system. It’s likely the next main game will keep both, and be titled Yakuza: Like A Dragon 2 in the west. Another possibility would be a new spinoff release before the next main title. In any case, wait and see.

Yakuza – Ryu Ga Gotoku 15th Anniversary Stream – Toshihiro Nagoshi Announcing The Next Game Is In Development

The last game in the series, Ryu Ga Gotoku 7, was just released in the West as Yakuza: Like A Dragon. You can check our review here.

The series just reached over 14 million sales worldwide. and is always growing its influence. Be sure to check our guide to get in the Yakuza series if you haven’t yet.

Toshihiro Nagoshi also commented multiple times these past months on Like A Dragon‘s sales in Japan. Last but not least, don’t forget a Live Action Yakuza movie is also in development.

The feature image above is the announcement of Ryu Ga Gotoku 7 Hikari to Yami no Yukue International. The Japanese PS5 version of Yakuza: Like A Dragon, launching in the archipel on March 2, just like the PS5 western version.

Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been loving anime and Japanese games for over 25 years and plays Genshin Impact for its story and exploration. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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