Ryu ga Gotoku Studio revealed, two Yakuza sequels announced

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Late last week, famed game designer Toshihiro Nagoshi revealed that major news regarding the Ryu ga Gotoku franchise (known as the Yakuza series of games outside of Japan) would be announced today. They are as follows:

* All major staff in charge of the franchise are now part of Ryu ga Gotoku Studio. This group, similar to Sonic Team will focus soley on the Ryu ga Gotoku/Yakuza series of games and will oversee other related products.

* A sequel to Kurohyou: Ryu ga Gotoku, the 2010 spinoff title for PlayStation Portable was announced for the same platform. It will feature Tatsuya the main character of the previous game, along with three other playable characters and takes place in Kansai, an important location from Yakuza 2.

* Ryu ga Gotoku 5/Yakuza 5 was announced to be in development. No platforms were announced, but it can be assumed that it will be on either PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita. It may be that this title is the only game that will be released outside of Japan, although this and the previous statement should only be considered speculation.

It is likely there will be more information regarding all of this at Tokyo Game Show 2011 in two weeks.

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