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Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi and NetEase form new studio

Nagoshi Studio's founding team all come from Sega and Yakuza developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio

NetEase unveiled a new studio from veteran Yakuza producer and executive director Toshihiro Nagoshi, simply called Nagoshi Studio.

Nagoshi will serve as CEO and representative director of the Tokyo-based developer.

The studio has a founding team of eight other members, all veterans from Sega and Yakuza developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio.

Nagoshi Studio will focus on "developing high-quality console titles that will be released globally," NetEase said.

Toshihiro Nagoshi left Sega in February 2021, and reports emerged in August that he was joining NetEase.

In October, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio overhauled its management structure following the departure of both Nagoshi and producer Daisuke Sato (who is now at Nagoshi Studio as well).

Series producer Masayoshi Yokoyama took over as director and executive producer.

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