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  A never before seen insight into the key figures of the Yakuza franchise
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02/19/2019
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

Gothenburg, Sweden - February 19th, 2019

 

As a western team, we got invited by Sega Sammy to do an exclusive interview with Yakuza’s producer and the leading voice actor.

 

The Yakuza games are growing quite a following in the west with the Japanese gaming scene becoming more and more popular outside of Asia.

 

“I believe it’s partly thanks to that it’s taking place in Japan, is made by Japanese people and is a reflection of Japanese society.” - as stated in the video interview by Daisuke Sato, Producer of the Yakuza franchise.  

 

“We were very happy being invited by SEGA Sammy to talk to Mr. Daisuke Sato and Mr. Takaya Kuroda, two of the leading driving forces behind the Yakuza games. One of the ideas behind IGDB has always been to act as a bridge between gamers and the industry. Now we had the chance to act as a bridge between the East and the West, spreading awareness of this wonderful franchise.” - says Christian Frithiof, CEO of IGDB.

 

Both Daisuke Sato and Takaya Kuroda are veterans in the gaming industry, with the latter having acted more than 100 characters, voicing the lead protagonist in the series, Kazuma Kiryu, since the beginning. Daisuke Sato has worked his way up from being a designer to now producing the games together with 2 other people.

 

The interview was conducted in Japanese but have been thoroughly translated and subtitled so that fans from all over the world can enjoy the content.

 

Read more about the interview in our blog post:

https://medium.com/igdb/igdbs-exclusive-interview-with-yakuza-s-kazuma-kiryu-producer-cdeb2a13487

 

Watch the interview (short version):

https://youtu.be/klM5WTnQtGA

 

Watch the interview (long version):

https://youtu.be/Roe0JpucXR0

 

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