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Yakuza Movie Officially Announced by Sega At TGS 2020

Sega Chief Creative Officer Toshihiro Nagoshi officially announced at TGS 2020 an Hollywood live-action movie of Yakuza is coming.

September 27, 2020

Sega announced on September 27, the last day of TGS 2020, that the Yakuza series will receive an Hollywood movie adaptation. The announcement was made by Toshihiro Nagoshi, during the SegaNama TGS 2020 special stream. This is what the “latest information on the Yakuza series” turned out to be.

Variety previously revealed earlier this week that a Yakuza movie was coming.

Toshihiro Nagoshi said detailed information on the movie will be coming at a later date. However, Nagoshi stressed out “Since we’re doing it, we might as well make it great. We wouldn’t make it without ensuring we’ll be satisfied with the result”. This means that we should avoid a fiasco like the original design of Sonic in the Sonic The Hedgehog Hollywood movie.

SegaNama are monthly streams with MC Ayana Tsubaki and Sega Chief Creative Officer Toshihiro Nagoshi. He most notably always answers questions from fans sent in beforehand during an “Ask Nagoshi anything” segment. This is how for example he ended up recently praising Ghost of Tsushima.

Because of a misunderstanding on Ayana Tsubaki’s part, it was initially believed, right before Sega started its first day at TGS 2020, that a new Yakuza game would be announced on SegaNama. However, on Sega’s first day, Ayana Tsubaki announced it wouldn’t be the case.

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Yakuza Series Producer Masayoshi Yokoyama also confirmed no new game was to be announced now, though he stated there are multiple projects in motion for the 15th anniversary of the series. It looks like the Hollywood movie is one of them.

As for the games of the Yakuza series, the newest iteration is already available in Japan on PS4 since January, and is coming west as Yakuza: Like a Dragon on PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X on November 10. A PS5 edition will also be arriving in the future, though no release date was shared for it for now. Masayoshi Yokoyama insinuated the next main game might keep the JRPG mechanics.

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

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