The death of the Dreamcast was a sad event and the end of an era. But every cloud has a silver lining. The console's demise led to the eventual birth of a game series that would probably never have been released on it: the Yakuza games.
As previously reported, the new Yakuza game, Yakuza 0, has been announced. As you can probably guess from the number, it's a prequel.
The next Yakuza game won't be a spin-off like Yakuza Ishin! or Yakuza: Dead Souls, but the creators won't commit to it being a numbered game. So, what the hell is it? Apparently, it's for men.
Yakuza series producer Toshihiro Nagoshi has previously stated that he hates Grand Theft Auto. You wouldn't think so when he was asked which one of last year's games impressed him the most.
As 2013 draws to an end, we look forward to 2014. And with a new year, comes new resolutions – even for game developers.
Hold on. Don't start sending hate mail to Sega just yet. Let's hear the man out.
I got a chance to handle the PS4 at this year's Tokyo Game Show. The graphics definitely look prettier than I've seen on the PS3, but otherwise, it handles pretty much like it should. But I'm looking at it from the player's side. That's the output. What about the input? That's where you have to ask the developers.
The latest chapter of the Yakuza series, Yakuza: Ishin!, is a trip back in time. Much like in Yakuza: Kenzan!, the game will feature series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu as a famous historical character. However, this time, Kiryu will be two historical figures instead of one.
As seen from the photograph, the well-tanned Yakuza series developer, Toshihiro Nagoshi was walking among the crowds at E3 this year. Hopefully basking in the saturated spectacle of upcoming consoles and games.
Can you spot the prolific Japanes egame designer in this photo? Our own Tina Amini captured the soul of Yakuza developer Toshihiro Nagoshi in her nine-photo tour of Microsoft's E3 2013 booth.
In this week's Weekly Famitsu, 12 game creators were asked what their 3 greatest influences were, from movies to books to other video games. Here's what some their answers were:
SEGA's new trailer for the zombie-ridden Yakuza: Dead Souls skips the foreplay of human connection and solidarity. The shambling hordes come first, picking their way through Tokyo's red light district with a hunger for human flesh… and bone marrow, and organs, and brains.
Today's Shigeru Miyamoto news shows that not even the biggest names in development are around forever. One man, though, plans on sticking around forever. One very brown man.
In gaming vernacular the consequences of one's actions are usually marked in body count, or regime changes, or city destruction. So I'm not expecting the consequences that I see unfold in a gunfight in the middle of a future Tokyo: Hurt feelings, obstructionism and... sulking?
Sega's Toshihiro "Brown Man" Nagoshi, the creator of the Monkey Ball series, has revealed today that he's formed a new studio at Sega which will deal exclusively with games for the Ryu ga Gotoku (Yakuza) series.