In a recent event Yakuza event at at the Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California, Producer Daisuke Sato shared some information about a possible sequel to Yakuza 0. Sato also dropped some vague hints about the upcoming Sega project called known internally as Shin Yakuza. This report comes to us by way of Dualshockers who were on site at the event.
According to DualShockers:
Sato-san mentioned that Yakuza 0 is a game that is particularly beloved even within the Yakuza development team, so the idea of creating a Yakuza 0-2 (which would be set between Yakuza 0 and the first game of the series) has been bounced around among developers.
That being said, he did not confirm that such a game is in development, or planned for the future.
Okay, so that doesn’t mean Yakuza 0-2 is currently in development, but it is some promising news for fans of the Yakuza prequel. After all, if enough people outside the studio want it, we just might see the project get off the ground.
As for Shin Yakuza, Sato was pretty vague about the game. We can understand that, as the game is still early in the development stage, but we don’t know a whole lot about it as it is, which makes any tidbit of information on the game something of a major score.
From Dualshockers report:
At the moment Sato-san is not in a position to reveal anything specific, but the project code-named Shin Yakuza that is currently in development will include new locations to visit.
The game is set after Yakuza 6, so there are “plenty of opportunities” for beloved characters from past games to appear.
At the moment we don’t have much information on Shin Yakuza, besides the fact that it will feature a new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga.
We also have rumors that Kasuga will be a much different protagonist than series mainstay Kazuma Kiryu. Essentially, it is believed that Kasuga will be much lower on the yakuza totem pole than Kiryu, and is currently working his way up in the clan. He is also rumored to be much more emotional and outspoken than the stoic Kiryu. This could be a great breath of fresh air for the series, or it could end up with fans up in arms over the massive change in tone. Think Metal Gear Solid 2‘s Raiden. Though I doubt Sato will be trolling us anywhere near as hard as Kojima did on that one, so it will likely not be a bait and switch. That said, replacing the stoic star of an action franchise with a more emotional one doesn’t tend to go over well with hardcore fans.
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