I’m not usually the type to fixate on personnel changes in video game studios, but this is not your day-to-day career change: Ryuta Ueda at Sega worked as art director for both Jet set radio titles, announced his return to the company almost ten years after leaving.
As VGC spottedUeda shared this news in a public Facebook post back in May where he thanks his fellow Yahoo colleagues (where he worked on mobile games) before revealing that he is returning to game making at Sega, where he worked on the last game. It was Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformedwhich was released in 2012.
Besides being an art director Jet set radio and Jet set radio futureUeda’s other big role was directed by the first two Yakuza games that were released on PS2 in 2005 and 2006, respectively. The timing of his return is certainly interesting given reports that Yakuza TV series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi leaves Sega and joins Chinese company NetEase…
Some of the other games Ueda worked on during his first time at Sega include the 2011 games. Rise of nightmares, then Tank Dragoon series (Panzer dragoon ii: Zwei, Panzer dragoon saga & Tank Dragoon Horta) and a little bit of Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing games.
There is no word on what exactly he is going to work on, so for now I just assume that it has to do with Yakuza until I hear the opposite. I say this not only because of his experience and rumors about Nagoshi’s departure, but also because by 2021 it will seem that Sega would rather turn to ash and blown away by the wind than release a new one. Jet set radio the game.
(Although at least soon we’ll get something that might be new Jet set radio a game that even original composer Hideki Naganuma is working on).