Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio (originally known as Sega's CS1 Team until the release of Yakuza: Dead Souls) is a Japanese video game developer/production studio and a subsidiary of Sega and their Sega CS Research and Development No. 1 division, founded on August 31, 2011. The studio is best known for developing the popular Yakuza series of games since Yakuza 5, which was released in 2012. The studio's name is derived from the Yakuza series' Japanese name, Ryū ga Gotoku (literally Like A Dragon). The studio has also developed the Yakuza spin-off series Judgment (Judge Eyes in Japan), Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise (a brawler based off the popular manga with elements from the Yakuza games), and recent Super Monkey Ball games starting with Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD.

1st Logo (February 16, 2012-August 8, 2013)

Visuals: There is the black painted Japanese text (龍が如くスタジオ), translating directly to "Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio". "Studio" is in red, with the first character (龍) being larger than the rest.

Technique: None. [possible misuse]

Audio: None.

Availability: Seen on Binary Domain, Kurohyō 2: Ryū ga Gotoku Ashura hen for the PSP, and Ryū ga Gotoku 1&2 HD for PS3 and the Wii U.

2nd Logo (December 5, 2012-)

Visuals: On a white background, there is a crude-looking black painting square, with a single white kanji inside (龍, translating as "Dragon"). Below is the text "RYA GA GOTOKU" (with the first letter of each word being slightly larger), and "STUDIO" in a thinner, spaced-out font.

Variant: An inverted variant exists, with a white logo on a black background.

Technique: None. [possible misuse]

Audio: None.

Availability: Seen on most of the studio's games starting with Yakuza 5, and including the remastered versions of Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4 and Yakuza 5. The inverted variant can be seen on Yakuza: Like A Dragon.

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