After 32 years with the company and following rumors that began surfacing earlier this year, it’s official- Toshihiro Nagoshi has left SEGA.
Although Nagoshi’s most notable accomplishment to many was creating the Yakuza series, his influence on many other beloved Sega franchises cannot be understated. Nagoshi was also responsible for bringing the Super Monkey Ball franchise to life and has had a hand in every game in the series sans the most recent entry. In addition, he was also involved with a multitude of Sonic games over the years, including some of the blue blur’s most critically acclaimed mainline entries and spinoffs. Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations, Sonic, and Sega All-Stars Racing, and Sonic Mania are just a handful of contemporary titles he’d worked on…often as a Chief Creative Officer.
Before you panic, the Yakuza franchise isn’t going away anytime soon despite Nagoshi’s departure.
While this news is (of course) a big deal for Yakuza fans, Sonic fans are left pondering how it may affect the beloved hedgehog’s future. Well-known SonicTuber PremyDaremy believes this is quite a blow moving forward, explaining his rationale in a recent upload.
There is a silver lining here, as hard as that may be to believe. In contrast to the murmurs of Sonic creator Yuji Naka potentially retiring from video games altogether following the Balan Wonderworld fiasco, there’s an excellent chance to believe that Nagoshi will still be involved in the industry for some time. According to NME, he was in the final steps of reaching a negotiation with NetEase this summer. This may be the end of a chapter, but I wouldn’t say it’s the end of his story in the world of video games.