Yakuza director Toshihiro Nagoshi becomes Sega’s new creative director
Toshihiro Nagoshi, director of the Yakuza series, will leave his position as chief creative officer of Sega to become the company’s new creative director. Nagoshi will be stepping down from Sega’s board on April first, when the new Japanese financial year starts.
The exact reason for the CCO’s change in position is unclear, but speculation has it that Nagoshi was forced to step down because of a controversial comment he made, mocking Puyo Puyo eSports players. Naghoshi did apologize for this incident, but perhaps the damage was already done. The new creative director did experience a successful year with his Yakuza franchise, boosting Sega’s financial results for 2020. According to a newsletter, Sega wanted to shuffle the positions in the company to keep business fresh and streamlined.
There has been a lot of speculation indicating that Microsoft is looking to buy Sega. However, the most recent of these rumours started with Sega reconstructing their gaming divisions, which to some was a clear signal they are preparing for an acquisition. Although it’s also likely that the company is simply cleaning house and refocusing its resources.