Yakuza franchise creator Toshihiro Nagoshi has discussed the sources of inspiration for his upcoming game.
At the same time, Nagoshi explained how he didn't want his next game to deviate too much from the elements of violence, humor, and drama that made the Yakuza games popular while he was at Sega (via 4Player and translated by VGC).
Of course, I can’t reveal too much about our game yet, but I can give a rough idea: It will definitely contain violence as a game element, but I don’t want to go too much in the direction of thriller or even horror,” explained Nagoshi.
At the start of this year, it was revealed that Nagoshi was setting up his own development studio, called Nagoshi Studio. Work has already started on the developer’s first game, with the studio itself a “wholly owned subsidiary” of NetEase Games.