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Ryuta Ueda returns to Sega

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The artist behind Jet Set Radio has returned to Sega​

Ryuta Ueda was also the director of the first two Yakuza games



Yakuza director and Jet Set Radio artist Ryuta Ueda has returned to Sega after nearly a decade away from the games industry.

Ueda, who was the art director behind Dreamcast classic Jet Set Radio (“Jet Grind Radio” in the US) and its Xbox sequel Jet Set Radio Future, as well as the first two Yakuza games for PS2, rejoined Sega in May following nine years working at Yahoo! Japan.

Ueda’s previous Sega credits span from the mid-90s, including creature design for the Panzer Dragoon games and directing Kinect horror title Rise of Nightmares.



“I have decided to resign from Yahoo Japan and return to my old company, Sega,” he announced on his public Facebook page. “I am very grateful for the many people I met and the many lessons I learned through various projects at Yahoo!

“From now on, I will focus on making games again. Not only do I feel the excitement of making things, but I am also smiling a little at the thought of seeing old friends and meeting new people. I would like to fully demonstrate what I have cultivated through experience.”

The former Yakuza director could arrive in the same window that the series’ current boss Toshihiro Nagoshi leaves the company.

According to Bloomberg, Nagoshi is in “final negotiations” with NetEase, which is one of the largest video game companies in the world due to its large success in the PC and mobile game markets in China.

Nagoshi will reportedly be setting up his own team and creating new games for NetEase, although a final contract has yet to be finalised.

Jet Set Radio has seen an uptick in interest in the past few months, with Sega recently revealing that Beat from Jet Set Radio will be a playable character in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania.

Indie developer Team Reptile has also begun promoting Bomb Rush Cyberfunk, which is a spiritual successor to the Dreamcast classic, planned for consoles and PC.

The indie successor will have a soundtrack from Hideki Naganuma, the composer of Smilebit’s Sega Dreamcast classic and its 2002 Xbox sequel, Jet Set Radio Future.

Source: VGC
 
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A new Jet Set Radio would be amazing, or if he takes over on Yakuza duties again. Either way this is good news
 
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The artist behind Jet Set Radio has returned to Sega​

Ryuta Ueda was also the director of the first two Yakuza games



Yakuza director and Jet Set Radio artist Ryuta Ueda has returned to Sega after nearly a decade away from the games industry.

Ueda, who was the art director behind Dreamcast classic Jet Set Radio (“Jet Grind Radio” in the US) and its Xbox sequel Jet Set Radio Future, as well as the first two Yakuza games for PS2, rejoined Sega in May following nine years working at Yahoo! Japan.

Ueda’s previous Sega credits span from the mid-90s, including creature design for the Panzer Dragoon games and directing Kinect horror title Rise of Nightmares.



“I have decided to resign from Yahoo Japan and return to my old company, Sega,” he announced on his public Facebook page. “I am very grateful for the many people I met and the many lessons I learned through various projects at Yahoo!

“From now on, I will focus on making games again. Not only do I feel the excitement of making things, but I am also smiling a little at the thought of seeing old friends and meeting new people. I would like to fully demonstrate what I have cultivated through experience.”

The former Yakuza director could arrive in the same window that the series’ current boss Toshihiro Nagoshi leaves the company.

According to Bloomberg, Nagoshi is in “final negotiations” with NetEase, which is one of the largest video game companies in the world due to its large success in the PC and mobile game markets in China.

Nagoshi will reportedly be setting up his own team and creating new games for NetEase, although a final contract has yet to be finalised.

Jet Set Radio has seen an uptick in interest in the past few months, with Sega recently revealing that Beat from Jet Set Radio will be a playable character in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania.

Indie developer Team Reptile has also begun promoting Bomb Rush Cyberfunk, which is a spiritual successor to the Dreamcast classic, planned for consoles and PC.

The indie successor will have a soundtrack from Hideki Naganuma, the composer of Smilebit’s Sega Dreamcast classic and its 2002 Xbox sequel, Jet Set Radio Future.

Source: VGC
Fuck yessss!!!!!
 
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I don't think it's happening but would be interesting if a jsr3 gets announced at the xbox event at TGS.
 

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Do you own VGC OP? That's a lot of links there...
They gave me shares in the company to post all those links.

When you copy and paste text from another site it also copies the links that the original article has in it. It keeps the formatting.
 
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WHAAAT Toshihiro is leaving sega?????? .. . chinese PC and mobile developer nooooooo :messenger_loudly_crying: :messenger_loudly_crying: :messenger_loudly_crying: :messenger_loudly_crying: :messenger_loudly_crying:
 
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The former Yakuza director could arrive in the same window that the series’ current boss Toshihiro Nagoshi leaves the company.

According to Bloomberg, Nagoshi is in “final negotiations” with NetEase, which is one of the largest video game companies in the world due to its large success in the PC and mobile game markets in China.

Nagoshi will reportedly be setting up his own team and creating new games for NetEase, although a final contract has yet to be finalised.

WTF???
 

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No need to replace Nagoshi.

Since 2021,the guy behind the Dreamcast (full lineup) is already back at Sega and became head of all Sega of Japan...


Yup, future of Sega is bright.

Damn I didn't know this. I will be paying more attention to their game announcements...
 

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Nagoshi leaving is the best thing to happen to SEGA in 15 years.
I see someone is shocked by your message but you could be true. It seems Nagoshi prefers story driven games over arcade style... It could explain why we didn't see a new scud race for so long.

Since he was demoted we saw RGG Studio working on Monkey Ball, Virtua Fighter and probably more genres in the future...

Is variety a bad thing ?
 

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Since he was demoted we saw RGG Studio working on Monkey Ball, Virtua Fighter and probably more genres in the future...
I can't help but see this as well. And as soon as he leaves, a creative mind is already coming back ?

I don't know if the company will make a lot of money with it, but I'd rather play Jet Set Radio than a 20th Yakuza game.

So let's wait and see. What we can be sure of is that Nagoshi had a huge influence over what was made, and not made, at SEGA.
 
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No need to replace Nagoshi.

Since 2021,the guy behind the Dreamcast (full lineup) is already back at Sega and became head of all Sega of Japan...


Yup, future of Sega is bright.
What's the name of that person you're talking about?
 

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This is what really matters, talent.

Above IP, above even money. It's the people, that make your company successful.
 
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Nagoshi leaving is the best thing to happen to SEGA in 15 years.

Rumor is Sega actually demoted him because he turned the company into his own Yakuza factory, while getting free dinner from external companies pretty much every day (likely Sony).
It's a reddit report and i didn't check it thoroughly but it makes just a bit too much sense.

It would have been good for Sega to realize this before the majority of AM2 was disbanded, though.
 
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I have been waiting for a JSRF port...forever. They really can't have one without the music, though.
Man they could get all the Naganuma tracks no problem though...I'd be okay with them doing a re-release with a slightly altered soundtrack.
Hell if it was on PC I bet someone would mod the OG soundtrack back into the game within a week.
Just wanna play it in 4k widescreen :messenger_loudly_crying:
 

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Rumor is Sega actually demoted him because he turned the company into his own Yakuza factory, while getting free dinner from external companies pretty much every day (likely Sony).
It's a reddit report and i didn't check it thoroughly but it makes just a bit too much sense.

It would have been good for Sega to realize this before the majority of AM2 was disbanded, though.
Link ?

I don't hate Nagoshi at all but many people are mixing things up. His departure doesn't mean the end of games like Daytona 2, F-Zero GX... He didn't make these games, he was just producer most of the time.
 

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Link ?

I don't hate Nagoshi at all but many people are mixing things up. His departure doesn't mean the end of games like Daytona 2, F-Zero GX... He didn't make these games, he was just producer most of the time.


On the contrary, if this rumor has some basis, his departure means these games can be made again.
 
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On the contrary, if this rumor has some basis, his departure means these games can be made again.
I agree. Nagoshi said he loved cinema and also multiple time he had no interest in making another Daytona.
 
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Nagoshi was at Sega for basically his entire adult life - and the dude looks rough at his age - was time for him to move on.

Cool that Ueda is back - Jet Set is still one of gaming's best treasures.
 
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Man they could get all the Naganuma tracks no problem though...I'd be okay with them doing a re-release with a slightly altered soundtrack.
Hell if it was on PC I bet someone would mod the OG soundtrack back into the game within a week.
Just wanna play it in 4k widescreen :messenger_loudly_crying:
Yeah, I know. All of this salt and bitterness has been festering for years, cut me some slack. :(
 

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Yeah its dumb hate, for me nagoshi made the best sega game of the last 21 years (yakuza 0) so why hate him?
Nagoshi doesn't deserve hate at all but he didn't make Yakuza Zero either.

Don't mix up producer and director.
For many recent Yakuza, he isn't even producer...


Hosokawa directed Yakuza 0.
Yokoyama produced it and has probably involvment in the writting. (he has written many Yakuza)



The strenght of Sega has always been team work of hundreds of people.
That's why fans are often wrong when crying about one departure.

When Naka left Sega, he only did mediocre games because he was most of the time producer at Sega in the 2000's. Putting a producer Yuji Naka stamp on a game doesn't mean he did alone all the amazing games we played and loved...

Sega ? It's a team work most of the time
 
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