The Yakuza developers are slowing down the entire gaming industry

A picture of some Ryu Ga Gotoku developers from a February 20th YouTube series taking a behind-the-scenes look at Like A Dragon.

We here at kotaku you will receive many tips by e-mail. Some are spam, some are error-filled hate mail, and some are serious allegations that deserve serious investigation. So it’s refreshing when something comes in that hints us at something breezy and cool, as was the case with a recent tip regarding slay-the-house-down-boot fashion Like a dragon: Ishin! Developer, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio.

Ryu Ga Gotoku (“RGG”), a development division of Sega whose roots stretch back to 1998, is a Japanese studio responsible for the 2012 third-person shooter binary domain. However, you’re probably more familiar with RGG’s most prominent work, the yakuza Series. Since 2012, RGG has been responsible for the action-adventure franchise, developing new mainline entries and remastering old ones, and putting together spin-offs like this judgement series and the latest remake, Like a dragon: Ishin!

It’s the latter game, which originally only released in Japan in 2014 before making its global debut earlier this week, which was the subject of the tips email we received this week. In love with Editor-in-Chief Alyssa Mercante “Fashion Callout” of the Game Awards’ boring dripthe reader (whose name we chose to keep secret) said we should look into it this making of Like a dragon Video to see some “cool suits”.

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“I loved the fashion callout and follow up article on the Game Awards and 40 seconds after this video about Ryu Ga Gotoku making the next one Like a dragon game has a great employee promotional photo,” the reader said in an email kotaku. “I guess if you’re responsible for them yakuza/Like a dragon In a series, you have a basic obligation to wear a cool suit.” And they don’t lie! RGG is literally slowing down the entire industry in one fell swoop.


In the first episode of a multi-part series on the Sega Asia English YouTube channel, we get a glimpse into RGG’s fashion sense. Japanese fashion is quite captivating if you follow it Filled with flowing silhouettes, wild colors and patterns and an interesting mix of casual and smart aestheticsPeople in the Land of the Rising Sun know how to dress. RGG is no exception. Sure, the suits the developers are wearing about 40 seconds into the video above are all black, but the nuance is in the details. Two employees have jackets with interesting markings: one with a multitude of white dots and another with many small crosses. Another collaborator has a coat with tastefully accented white lines. Three other employees have all-over patterns, with two of the employees’ suits having a nice sheen. If you told me that this is an alternative J-Rock band and not a video game developer group, I would believe you.

Even the developers’ boots, while nondescript on the surface, really add to the collective drip of the developers. Most in the photo have round, pointed toe, shiny looking, laceless boots like they all just stepped off the set The Matrix or so. Two others mix things up a bit, with one employee wearing what appear to be round lace-up boots a la Dr. Martens has (although perhaps not the exact brand) and another appears to be wearing some very dark, perhaps suede-like, boots. Either way, RGG’s fits are on point! I may not be the fashionista kotaku‘s Alyssa Mercante is, but I too choke on the confident simplicity that RGG exudes in her almost-matched looks. It’s great to see, especially in an industry known for some of the most predictable (graphic tee and blazer) outfit combos of all time.

Continue reading: Like a Dragon: Ishin!: The kotaku review

Anyway, salute RGG for slaying the entire industry in seconds with their killer fashion and even more killer samurai gameplay. Like a dragon: Ishin! In fact, staff writer Sisi Jiang called it “the best samurai game you can play right now.” You should check it out. The Yakuza developers are slowing down the entire gaming industry

Curtis Crabtree

Curtis Crabtree is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Curtis Crabtree joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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