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Why Yakuza Creator Doesn’t Want Kazuma Kiryu In Fighting Games

Action Adventure game Yakuza’s Creator Toshihiro Nagoshi says he doesn’t want Kazuma Kiryu to be in fighting games because he doesn’t want Kiryu to be seen hitting women.

Apparently, it has been requested many times that Kazuma Kiryu be cast in fighting games, especially because he is seen as a big strong man who always lets his fist do the talking.

This fact was recently uncovered in an interview with Red Bull France. Toshiro Nagoshi said, “ we do get this request a lot, of course, there are exceptions, but fighting games generally have female characters, and personally I don’t really want to see Kiryu beating up women.”

This is not a far-fetched notion as Kiryu is known to spend his time in the Yakuza franchise beating down enemies in the underground world of Japanese crime.

Toshiro Nagoshi’s hesitance does make sense though as Kazuma Kiryu practices an old school code of chivalry, which means he puts honour and respect at the forefront of his character. 

This would be a personal preference of the creator though as I don’t think the gaming community would mind it as much, especially because the women in fighting games such as Tekken 7 are anything but fragile flowers. Packing a certain punch and definitely being able to hold their own against any male character.

Why Yakuza Creator Doesn't want Kazuma Kiryu In fighting games

In the interview, there were other major news bombs dropped as well such as the fact that Nagoshi is being involved in Yakuza’s live-action adaptation with a big-time Hollywood studio.

Regarding this bit of news, Nagoshi said:

“I am indeed interested in movie industry work, and I’m very happy to say that I have been involved in the recently announced Hollywood live-action film from the start. Personally, regardless of the overall film direction, I hope to make it into an emotional human drama.”

In other news on Yakuza: Like A Dragon’s new RPG-style combat system, Nagoshi has revealed that the studio has focused on beat em up mechanics because “everything hadn’t come together yet idea-wise”.

Yakuza: Like A Dragon will be released on Xbox Series X/S, PS4, and PC today, except of course in Japan where it’s already out on PS4 and it won’t be released on Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S for reasons unknown yet.