Ryu Ga Gotoku Judgment Localization Studio, New Yakuza with Ichiban Kasuga, more
Comments by Toshihiro Nagoshi, Kazuki Hosokawa and Daisuke Sato.
IGN Japan Gotoku studio head Toshihiro Nagoshi, Verdict Producer Kazuki Hosokawa and Yakuza series and Verdict Producer Daisuke Sato, representing himself share Judgment on . and the new game Yakuza with Ichiban Kasuga.
Here are the notable tidbits:
- Nagoshi does not consider the verdict as a spin-off from the Yakuza series as the characters from Yakuza does not appear in the judgment and though it is located in the same Kamurocho municipality, we wanted to do something else. "
- Hosokawa was" a little worried that the fans are tired of seeing the same place again "in the verdict but the series" Kamurocho Yakuza "Kamurocho was used as it" too a place where we know each other "because" it would suit the character and the game would be a lot more fun "and" cost and time planning ".
- Parts of the verdict began localization about a year before the Japanese release, which allowed the Western release to launch just six months after the Japanese release, so Hosok expect Nagoshi to add that simultaneous worldwide release is possible, but from a business point of view, there are so many big releases in the West that the sales data need time to predict correctly. "If Judgment sells well overseas, we will have the data, so if we make a sequel in the end, it will be possible to consider a worldwide release next time," Nagoshi said.
- The Localization for the Judgment would have been completed by now if they did not have to change the character model and actor for Kyohei Hamura. The western version is currently in QA.
- A PC version of Judgment has not been decided yet, but other formats are being considered. "It's not impossible, but I can not say it," Hosokawa said.
- There are "currently no plans" for a Yakuza game for Switch, Nagoshi said.
- Regarding the new Yakuza with Ichiban Kasuga, Sato said, "I still can not go into detail, but in the near future we will be able to reveal something that makes you think," # 39 ;. The continuity of the previous titles in the series remains. We still have the Tojo clan and the Omi Alliance Yakuza organization, and when the game is released, the appropriate number of years after the previous games will be set. In contrast to Judgment this will be the continuation of the Yakuza series. But what's new, you just have to wait. "
- Some of the same places from the verdict appear in the new Yakuza game with Ichiban Kasuga, Sato said:" You may see some of the same shops and bars, and if we do Using some of the characters in a way that feels natural, it is possible that we will see these apparitions. However, I do not intend to force it. Judgment and Yakuza are separate series.
- Regarding Ichiban Ksuga, Sato said, "Kasuga is the polar opposite of Kiryu. They are both strong men, but Kazuma Kiryu is a silent person who does not speak for no reason. He begins in a sought-after position within the Yakuza, albeit in an unlucky position; He is seen as a future within the Yakuza and we see him fall from grace and start a life of distress. But even then he has good friends who believe in him. On the other hand, Ichiban Kasuga does not start at all. He is not respected as a yakuza; He was born and raised without parents on the streets of Kamurocho ̵
- Regarding the casting for a supporting actress, who is being escorted to the new Yakuza game with Ichiban Kasuga, Nagoshi said, "I can not say much. She is a character important to the story, but she is not the heroine. It is central to the story. "Sato added," There is a heroine, but besides Ichiban Kasuga, she is a separate character, and the audition is for a third member of her group.
- Nagoshi would like to say yes to Kazuma Kiryu Super Smash Bros. but does not believe that director Masahiro Sakurai would be interested in it.
Read the full interview at IGN.
Judgment for PlayStation 4 released in Japan in December 2018 and is expected to appear in America and Europe on June 25. The Western release will modify Kyohei Hamura's character model and the Japanese voice actor.
The new Yakuza with Ichiban Kasuga has not yet played a release date in Japan, but will be released for PlayStation 4.