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NetEase founds Nagoshi Studio and entrusts it to Toshihiro Nagoshi (Yakuza) to make console games

After leaving SEGA last October (and 30 years spent on Super Monkey Ball or Yakuza licenses), Toshihiro Nagoshi takes the head of Nagoshi Studio to design console games for the NetEase group.

Nagoshi Studio staffIn more than thirty years spent at Sega, Toshihiro Nagoshi became famous by supervising the Super Monkey Ball series or the Yakuza series within Ryu ga Gotoku Studio. Obviously following internal tensions with his mother company, Toshihiro Nagoshi put an end to his collaboration with SEGA last October and we wondered about the future of his career.

After a few days of rumors, it becomes clear: Toshihiro Nagoshi takes the head of a new development studio, Nagoshi Studio, still based in Tokyo, Japan but this time in the bosom of the Chinese giant NetEase.

Along with Nagoshi, some former SEGA employees also joined the team:

  • Daisuke Sato (director and producer on the Yakuza series)
  • Kazuki Hosokawa (designer who worked on Panzer Dragoon and Jet Set Radio, art director and designer of the Yakuza and Judgment games)
  • Koji Tokieda (programmer who worked on Super Monkey Ball and F-Zero AX/GX, main programmer for Yakuza: Like a Dragon)
  • Masao Shirosaki (designer who was a producer for games in the Super Monkey Ball and Yakuza series)
  • Mitsunori Fujimoto (engineer who offered development support on Sega games since 1999)
  • Naoki Someya (background designer for the Yakuza series and art director of the Judgment games)
  • Toshihiro Ando (artist who was the lead character designer on the Judgment games)
  • Taichi Ushioda (director who’s previously worked for Square Enix, Level-5 and Sega)

In a press release, NetEase Games announced the creation of Nagoshi Studio to design AAA games, intended for consoles and to be distributed worldwide. While Nagoshi Studio will benefit from the logistical, technological and financial support of the NetEase group, the development studio will be managed autonomously by Toshihiro Nagoshi and his teams – the NetEase group reminds us of its mantra when it comes to publishing: “unleash the full potential of creators”.

While waiting to discover the upcoming production of the Nagoshi studio, we will remember the positioning of NetEase: at a time when the Chinese market is less and less accessible (due to restrictions imposed by local authorities), Chinese groups are inclined to turn to new markets. Financing the creation of a studio in Japan to produce titles distributed worldwide is clearly part of this opening policy.

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