SEGA has started holding "hostess" auditions for an upcoming Ryu Ga Gotoku (aka Yakuza) game.
Between May 8 and June 19, there were over 1,500 applicants. Those screened from that pool auditioned at SEGA's headquarters. Groups of 2~3 applicants were interviewed by the game's creators, including Ryu Ga Gotoku designer Toshihiro Nagoshi, in a 30 minute audition.
Besides getting a screen test, the applicants were quizzed by Nagoshi. The girls also had to do line readings of bar girl game dialogue like: "Wooow!", "So mean...", "You're already going home?" and "Hey sweetie, let's sing a duet".
Questions included their current profession, whether or not they have worked as a hostess and for how long, and if they liked karaoke. The ladies were also asked if they played video games and if they were familiar with the Ryu Ga Gotoku franchise. Many of the female applicants were familiar with Ryu Ga Gotoku 3 because fashion models from Koakuma Ageha appeared in the game as hostesses.
"The motivation for these auditions," says Nagoshi, "was to create an opportunity to participate in this title."