The creator of the popular RPG franchise Yakuza, Toshihiro Nagoshi, could switch to the Chinese giant NetEase in the coming weeks. Nahoshi, who is currently Chief Creative Officer at SEGA, joined the company back in 1989 where he worked on several large franchises including Virtual Fighter, Yakuza, Sonic and Super Monkey Ball.

As reported by

, NetEase are now in the final stages of negotiations with Nagoshi. The Chinese company wants to expand its game development and sees Yakuza as the perfect candidate for the job.

“NetEase Inc. is in the final stages of negotiations to poach Yakuza franchise inventor Toshihiro Nagoshi from Sega, a sign of how Chinese game companies expand beyond their homeland during a government-led raid, “reports Bloomberg.

” The hiring of Sega would be the biggest coup in a competition between NetEase and close rival Tencent to bring in video game talent and assets Japan, which is made even more urgent by slower growth and domestic regulatory pressures. “


NetEase is currently working on several games including the stunning Project Ragnarok

Bloomberg also said a SEGA spokesman said the company does not comment on the employment status of individual employees. Representatives from NetEase and Tencent have not made any official statements, at least not yet.

It remains to be seen whether Nagoshi will join NetEase and when / if that happens, what exactly will be his role in the company. We assume he would be working on a brand new IP.

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