During a recent interview with Red Bull France, the creator of the Yakuza, Toshihiro Nagoshi, he was asked if the series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu will never appear in a fighting game. Nagoshi has been hesitant because he doesn’t want Kiryu to fight against women.
” We often get this request, ” Nagoshi told interviewer Grégory de Meyer, who posted the English translations of his French interview on Resetera. ” Of course there are exceptions, but fighting games generally have female characters, and I personally don’t really want to see Kiryu beating women .”
Kiryu in Yakuza spends much of his time-fighting enemies in the underworld of Japanese crime. That already makes him a great candidate to be a guest in fighting games like Tekken or Virtua Fighter. But in nearly 15 years, the noble gangster hasn’t appeared in these titles.
Nagoshi’s hesitation actually makes sense. Kiryu practices an old school “chivalrous style”, which puts honor and respect first even if the crime family he belongs to earns its money through violence and extortion.
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