NetEase Games Announces New Studio Led by Former Sega Director Toshihiro Nagoshi

NetEase Games announced on Sunday (23) the launch of a new development studio called Nagoshi Studio Inc. As the name suggests, the location will be run by Toshihiro Nagoshi, who served as producer for the Yakuza Series and has a long-term record. as creative director at Sega.

SEGA Gamecenter in Ikebukuro. in Japan. Image: IB Photography /
SEGA Gamecenter in Ikebukuro, Japan. Image: IB Photography /

According to The Verge , Nagoshi announced his departure from Sega in October of last year. His new studio is actually a partnership with NetEase, the second largest gaming company in China, which is funding the entire project. Based in Tokyo, Japan, in addition to the producer, the new studio includes in its team producer Daisuke Sato, artist Kazuki Hosokawa, programmer Koji Tokieda, designer Masao Shirosaki, engineer Mitsunori Fujimoto, artist Naoki Someya, director Taichi Ushioda and artist Toshihiro Ando, all former Sega and Yakuza creative collaborators.

In an interview with Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Nagoshi explained what led him to leave Sega and embark on Nagoshi Studio with NetEase. For the game designer, the decision came from his desire to do something different and produce games that are attractive outside of Japan – despite initially focusing on the country (where the studio is based). He also stressed the desire for creative and budget freedom, now living far from Sega's business plans. For him, these are the two main points that NetEase prioritizes, agreeing with what he wanted.

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“By leaving Sega, I am also leaving my position as studio director Ryu Ga Gotoku. Thank you to the fans who have supported us and the Yakuza series for many years. You have my sincerest and deepest gratitude,” Nagoshi wrote in his farewell in October.

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