Yakuza producer would like to create "a completely different Sonic" game if given the chance
He's seeing blue
As part of the celebration for Sega's 60th anniversary, they've sat down with long-time Yakuza series producer and director Daisuke Sato to talk about his history with the company. Although he's got years of Yakuza games to his name, including Yakuza: Like A Dragon, the series he's never gotten involved with but would like to is Sonic. Heck, maybe that's a Sonic game even I would play.
When asked which Sega series is his favorite, Sato says "I've been involved in Yakuza for a long time. It's my favorite series, or maybe even my own child." So yeah, Sato's spent quite a lot of time with Kiryu and company and now our new Yakuza: LAD lad Ichiban. When asked which series he's never gotten to work on but would like to give a try though, it's Sonic.
"After all, when you hear Sega you think Sonic," he says. "I'd like to get involved once at least. But for me, the so-called Sonic is, well, if I were to do it, I wouldn't do Sonic as it was. I would like to make a completely different Sonic."
I've never in my life played a Sonic game, truth be told. I've sure played a lot of hours of the Yakuza series this year though, and as everyone who's followed it is likely aware, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio sure have taken a chance on not doing the Yakuza series as it was. A new protagonist, new city, new battle system, and new mini-games are just some of the changes to their former formula. Personally I've found it quite a fun break from the Yakuza script, even if it stays the same in plenty of ways too.
I can't speak for you Sonic fans out there, but based on my time with Yakuza: LAD so far, I'd trust Sato and the rest of RGG Studio to take a swing at shaking up another Sega series. I doubt he means Sonic with silly sidequests, but imagine. Don't anyone dare say Sonic hostess club. Don't do it.