Yakuza Director Calls PlayStation 5 'Incredible', But Focused On PS4 For Now
Following SEGA's confirmation earlier this year that there's a new Yakuza game on the way, series director Toshihiro Nagoshi has shed a little more light on its current development progress - while also taking a moment to highlight just how exciting Sony's PlayStation 5 is looking.
Speaking on the latest Sega-Nama broadcast, Nagoshi explained that the game's story - which features new character Ichiban Kasuga as its protagonist, replacing long-term leading man Kazuma Kiryu - is finally finished, and his team has already recorded the majority of the script's main parts.
Said game, at least provisionally titled Shin Ryu Ga Gotoku in Japan, is said to be a spin-off from the Yakuza series so far, in much the same manner as the imminently releasing Judgment. Albeit with more of a focus on gangster activity, rather than detective work. (Speaking of Judgment, we'll have a lot more to show you of that game, really soon.)
Nagoshi also teased his unexpected casting choices. And, without naming names, he was pleasantly surprised at how well these actors fit their roles. Cheers for the translation, Gematsu!
But more interestingly - especially for PS4 owners who aren't upgrading to a PS5 on release - Nagoshi confirmed that Sony's current flagship console will remain the unnamed game's main focus, even though he's seen what its successor is capable of.
"Even after PlayStation 5 is released, I think PlayStation 4 is going to be the main focus for a while longer," Nagoshi explained.
"The processing power of PlayStation 5 is incredible, so when we try to think of new gameplay that will utilise its full potential, I'm not really sure which aspects of existing mechanics we should translate."
So, what else could the new PlayStation bring to the table? The Yakuza director believes that Sony will take consoles back to the "programmable era".
"First there was a time when graphics improved, then there was network features, and now I guess you can say its a return to the 'programmable' era? I think artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to evolve," he said.
"If you would pour its power into graphics it'll be the best that we've yet to see, and I think everyone is thinking about in what way we should use that power. I as well. There's artificial intelligence and many other things I want to think about."
There's no release date for Shin Ryu Ga Gotoku, yet, but with E3 just over the horizon, we wouldn't be surprised if we got one sooner rather than later - especially given how far along the project appears to be, and that it's targeting current-gen hardware.
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