When it comes to the notorious Yakuza IP from RGG Studio, the franchise is notable for its over-the-top action, yet resonating and realistic storytelling that each installment welcomes alongside its growing spin-off Judgment series. However, there are some exceptions that fragments of the team has made for the IP expanding to other realms.
We have seen the likes of Kazuma Kiryu tap into games such as Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational in the past alongside being featured most recently in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania. Howbeit, creator Toshihiro Nagoshi believed he is best to not be featured in fighting games when speaking to Redbull France in the past.
“We get a lot of requests for that [for Kiryu in fighting games]. Of course, there are exceptions, but fighting games usually have female characters, and personally, I don’t really want to see Kiryu hit women.” Well, it appears that Sega wasted no time to bend that rule with Nagoshi now at NetEase. In that, the recognized character this week received a new crossover skin in Rainbow Six Siege.
You can watch the gameplay trailer in the video below:
From the footage, Kazuma Kiryu gets a cosmetic skin for Operator Echo whilst Yakuza 2’s Kaoru Sayama received a skin for Operator Hibana. While the decision for Sayama is understandable since she is a police detective and likely takes lives, the choice is questionable for Kiryu. Especially with the aforementioned rule by Nagoshi, it is likely shooting and killing women also applies to that as well.
Additionally, the trailer ends revealing that Goro “Maddog” Majima is receiving his own cosmetic for the game later on. Another suiting skin for the game, but, it is surprising to say the least for Kiryu nonetheless. Ultimately we wonder what Nagoshi’s opinion on the matter would be; perhaps he would discount it since it is a skin and not fully featuring Kiryu in the game as his own character.
One exemption of Kiryu being featured in a beat-em up game is Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise which developer RGG Studio developed and released back in 2018. You can watch the gameplay trailer for that in the video by heading here.
Are you surprised by Kiryu’s cameo in Rainbow Six Siege?