The Complete Yakuza Series I dropped onto retailer Good Old Games last week, collecting the first seven games in the franchise into one offering. that it great A bargain, but fans who tested the version to see if there was anything different about it turned up something odd.
While the games themselves look identical to the versions already available on Steam, there were a couple of notable differences. The first is that, being GoG, there was no DRM (Digital Rights Management). The second is that in a number of games changes have been made to the credits that delete some of the most important people involved in the development of the series.
Like this post on Reddit by u/timo 653 OffersAnd Yakuza 0 Cut credits CEO’s nod to Toshihiro Nagoshi, Series creatorwho left Sega in 2021 To join NetEase. It also removed the Line Producer credit for Daisuke Saito, who joined Nagoshi in his new studio, as well (thanks, computer games) Director Kazuki Hosokawa, Art Supervisor Saizo Nagai and Design Supervisor Koji Yoshida.
There’s obviously some studio politics involved in this that I absolutely don’t want to get into (because I have no idea what happened!), but whatever has happened at Ryu Ga Gotoku over the past few years, it’s still so bad I’m looking forward to having the name removed. Someone actively out of video game credits that have been off for years.
It’s a worse look to remove the credits of the studios involved in bringing games to PC. The British company Lab42 was responsible for both Yakuza 0 And Yakuza Kioyami–As their website shows—while QLOC handled the rest with a “team of 50+,” not just on PC but also on Xbox. Their names were removed from the studios, and replaced with the names of a mostly Japanese “PC Development Team”.
While someone’s name doesn’t appear on the credits of a game they worked on can sometimes be a simple administrative error – there are sometimes a lot of people from a lot of different places contributing! and political construction, a way for people in a position of power to say what (or who) is more important than others.
Again for the people (and studios) in the back: Everyone who worked on a game should be in the credits.
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