The Chinese developer seeks to create teams in Japan after growing regulations in their country.
The Yakuza saga is one of the current pillars of SEGA around the world, something that was evident with the success of Yakuza: Like a Dragon and the news that future installments will have simultaneous global premieres. However, the blue hedgehog company could now lose the main creative force behind these adventures. On Bloomberg claim that NetEase would be about to close a deal with Toshihiro Nagoshi to join his company and found a new video game studio in Japan.
Needless to say, Nagoshi is the creator and producer of the Yakuza saga, as well as director of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, and former general creative director of SEGA. One of the key pieces of the company since its inception back in 1989. According to the aforementioned medium, the Negotiations between NetEase and Nagoshi are in their final phase, with the aim of founding a studio to create new games from Japan.
This movement occurs within the framework of increasing regulations around the video game industry in China, which has urged its two largest companies, Tencent and NetEase, to look for talent and teams in Japan. “Tencent and NetEase have spoken to virtually every studio here that is publicly traded and are actively courting some privately owned developers, “says Kantan Games analyst Serkan Toto for Bloomberg.
Nearby sources claim that Toshihiro Nagoshi has not yet signed the contract nor has he terminated his work at SEGA while negotiations continue. The creation of a Japanese study, headed by one of the heavyweights of the Japanese industry, would be a big step for NetEase in their run against Tencent, who recently successfully launched a Pokémon Unite that has triumphed inside and outside of Japan.
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