We are here at Kotaku get lots of tips by email. Some are spam, others are bug-riddled hate mail, and a few are serious allegations that require serious investigation. So it’s refreshing when something comes along that just steers us towards something breezy and cool, as was the case with the recent fashion tip for smashing the house in shoes Like a Dragon: Ishin! developers, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio.
A Sega development division with roots dating back to 1998, Ryu Ga Gotoku (“RGG”) is a Japanese studio responsible for the 2012 third-person shooter binary domain. However, you’re probably more familiar with RGG’s most notable work, The Yakuza series. Since 2012, RGG has been responsible for the action-adventure franchise, developing new main entries and remastering old ones, while creating spin-offs such as Precipitate the series and the latest remake, Like a Dragon: Ishin!
The latter game, which originally only launched in Japan in 2014 before making its worldwide debut earlier this week, was the subject of an advice email we received this week. In love with senior editor Alyssa Mercante’s “fashion explanation” of The Game Awards bland dripa reader (whose name we decided to keep secret) said we should check it out it’s creating Like a Dragon video see some “cool suits”.
Read more: Best match at The Game Awards 2022
“I loved The Game Awards fashion explanations and the follow up article and 40 seconds of this video of Ryu Ga Gotoku creating the next Like a Dragon game is an amazing staff promotional photo,” a reader wrote in an email to Kotaku. “I guess if you’re responsible for Yakuza/ /Like a Dragon series, you’re basically obligated to wear a cool suit.” And they don’t lie! RGG literally crushes the entire industry in one fell swoop.
In the first episode of a multi-part series on Sega Asia’s English YouTube channel, we take a quick look at RGG’s fashion sense. Japanese fashion is quite addictive if you follow it. Filled with airy silhouettes, wild colors and patterns and an interesting combination of casual and elegant aestheticspeople in the Land of the Rising Sun know how to dress. RGG is no exception. Sure, the suits the developers wear for about 40 seconds in the video above are black, but the nuance is in the details. Two of the employees have jackets with interesting markings: one with various white dots and the other with lots of small crosses. Another worker wears a coat with tastefully accentuated white lines. Three other employees have patterns all over, and two staff suits have a nice sheen. If you had told me it was an alternative J-rock band and not a group of video game developers, I would have believed you.
G/O Media may receive a commission
Even the dev boots, while seemingly bland, really add to the collective dev drop. Most in the photo are wearing round, shiny, pointy boots with no laces, as if they had just left the set. Mother or something. Two others mix things up a bit, with one employee wearing what appears to be Dr. Martens (maybe not the exact brand) and the other is wearing very dark, possibly suede, boots. Either way, the RGG matches are spot on! Maybe I’m not such a fashionista KotakuAlyssa Mercante is, but I too choke on the confident simplicity that RGG exudes in their near-identical looks. It’s amazing, especially in an industry known for the most predictable outfit combinations (graphics-t-shirt-and-jacket) ever.
Read more: Like a Dragon: Ishin!: The Kotaku Review
Anyway, cheers to RGG for killing an entire industry in seconds with both their killer mod and even deadlier samurai game, Like a Dragon: Ishin! In fact, staff writer Sisi Jiang called it “the best samurai game you can play right now“. You should check it out.