Yakuza producer: “Kiriyu might become a kindergarten teacher in the next game”

Friday, 17th September 2010 04:40 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Ok, we’re pretty sure he’s joking about that bit. But whether or not the series trades its hordes of puking zombies for arguably more horrifying hordes of drooling children, Yakuza producer Masayoshi Kikuchi made one point explicitly clear:

“We want to spread the Yakuza franchise into different genres,” he stated.

“We don’t want to stop the Yakuza franchise. In terms of making entertainment, we’re deadly serious,” Kikuchi told Kotaku. “We want to have the ability to branch out and create new game experiences [with Yakuza.] We’ve done it in the past with Yakuza Kenzan, a samurai themed game. Making differently themed games is our challenge to create new types of entertainment.”

“For all we know, Kiriyu might become a kindergarten teacher in the next game,” he said jokingly.

He even went so far as to proclaim Yakuza the successor to Sonic the Hedgehog’s multi-talented mascot throne.

“We definitely are trying to make that happen,” Kikuchi said. “But I’m not the company president. I’m not sure if Kiriyu will ever replace Sonic.”

Can a Yakuza kart racer be far off? Of course, every race would be blatantly rigged. But then, how is that different from the single-player in any other kart racer?



  1. metamorphic

    Uh, he’s already kind of a kindergarten teacher, since like the second game of the series, if you’ve played it. He runs an orphanage and deals with a lot of the orphans’ issues, from bullying to crushes. I loved it, as it showcased Kiryu’s kind-hearted nature and the series’ inherent slice-of-life qualities. So, it isn’t like this hardly a surprise for someone like Kiryu to do.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    Theres quite a difference between running an orphanage and being a teacher. I doubt Kiriyu would have the needed qualifications to do either in real life.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. metamorphic

    It’s the exact same sort of mindset, especially if you’re dealing with kindergarten students on a daily basis, teaching them stuff about life, like in Ryu ga Gotoku 3. I don’t think Kiryu would have had a problem with the qualifications, real life or not; it’s not that difficult in Japan to do either, if you have the will, of course.

    #3 4 years ago

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