Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios made a name for itself with the Yakuza series of games, but back in 2012, it released a third-person action game by the name of Binary Domain. Well-received by critics at the time, Binary Domain flew under the radar for many people at the time and in the years since then it has become something of a cult classic, one that Yakuza series producer Daisuke Sato would like to eventually revisit one day.
“Personally, I’d really like to,” Sato said to French publication GameBlog. “If possible, I’d like to make a few changes that I didn’t quite get to back then and maybe redo some parts, too.”
Sato was also the director of Binary Domain, a game that so far has only seen been released on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. You won’t even be able to relive the adventures of the Rust Crew on a more modern platform such as the Xbox Series X|S consoles, as Binary Domain never made it onto the list of backwards-compatible games.
When asked about the possibility for Japanese spin-offs Yakuza Kenzan and Ishin to be localized, Sato believes that the success of Ghost of Tsushima might help those games reach a Western audience, especially now that the studio isn’t too focused on remastering older Yakuza games for newer systems.
“Ghost of Tsushima has helped Western gamers become more interested in samurai,” Sato said. “So I should think of it as now is a more opportune time to release these titles.”
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios recently released Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which was a wild departure from previous games in the series with its new protagonist, story, and the use of a combat RPG gameplay system. Sato doesn’t think the studio will stray too far from the genre it’s best at, but he did mention that decisions would be made based on what genre best fits the game it’ll develop next.
Whatever the studio does create, it’ll likely feed into parent company Sega’s new reputation for being the top publisher of 2020, as determined by sister site MetaCritic’s latest publisher rankings.
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