Yakuza creator forms new studio - Report

Toshihiro Nagoshi sets up Ryu ga Gotoku Studio out of Binary Domain team; Yakuza Black Panther 2 announced in Japan for PSP.

Though Sega's Yakuza franchise doesn't enjoy much popularity in the West, it remains a strong one for Sega, having topped the 5 million-units-shipped mark earlier this year. The man behind that franchise is apparently branching out, as Famitsu (via Andria Sang) reports today that franchise creator Toshihiro Nagoshi has formed a new development house called Ryu ga Gotoku Studio.

Binary Domain will be Ryu ga Gotoku Studio's first project.

According to Famitsu, Nagoshi, who also created the Monkey Ball series, has recruited a number of Yakuza veterans to join him at the new studio. These staffers include Masayoshi Kikuchi, Daisuke Sato, Yojiro Ogawa, and Masayoshi Yokoyama, and Nagoshi plans to continue building out the studio with new hires.

Ryu ga Gotoku Studio's first project will be Binary Domain, which will be available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in the US on February 14. Set in Tokyo in the year 2080, players take control of a human peacekeeping team set on regaining control of the city from a robot uprising. However, as the peacekeepers continue their fight against the robots, they begin to ponder whether or not they are becoming robotic or robots are becoming human.

Beyond Binary Domain, the studio has begun work on Yakuza Black Panther 2 for the PSP. The newly announced title is a sequel to the Yakuza spin-off for Sony's portable, and it again follows that game's primary character, Tatsuya Ukyou. Nagoshi told Famitsu that Black Panther 2 will have four other main characters, as well as feature Yakuza 2's Sotenbori district.

The most recent installment in the Yakuza franchise, the zombie-infused Ryu ga Gotoku: Of the End, hit Japanese store shelves in June. For more information on that installment, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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mojoreb
mojoreb

Binary Domain is a great game and is underated

jhpeter
jhpeter

When they will start to translate their old games to english? 2009 Black phanter is getting old, psp is dying, and they will launch the second game, shame.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Nagoshi created the Sega Arcade Daytona Series - also was the lead influence behind F-Zero GX/AX. Spike-out was maybe his worst series. On PSP and not VIta? - going for the installed user base is a wise idea.

vadicta
vadicta

Binary Domain is one of the more interesting 2012 titles coming around the bend.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

I love the Yakuza games, and this looks like it could be quite good. I hope it doesn't meet the same fate that a lot of other Japanese studios have lately of coming out with quality games that sell like 2 copies.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Can I just say that Binary Domain looks awesome? The Yakuza games are brilliant, I'm sure this will be nothing less than spectacular :) I'm getting a Vita, so any news is good news at the moment!

Cartr1dgeBased
Cartr1dgeBased

@cameio i agree. i hope they have a solid title out for the psv. i don;t think there has ever been a game like that for a handheld

cameio
cameio

I like Yakuza games and i hope they make somthing new for the PS VITA

AznEvan
AznEvan

It looks interesting! I'll have to wait until more information comes out to see whether this is worth buying or not though.

x400Degreez
x400Degreez

I'll be looking out for this studio. The Yakuza series is pretty damn epic

Grim_Reaper007
Grim_Reaper007

How about a North American release for the first Yakuza Black Panther game?