Sharp-eyed Yakuza fan Timo654 observed one thing unusual within the latest GOG re-release of the Yakuza collection. Specifically, many Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio workers members, in addition to total help studios like Lab42 and QLOC, have been omitted from the video games’ finish credit.

RGG eliminated Nagoshi Studio workers, Lab42, QLOC and extra from GOG model credit from r/yakuzagames

The total listing of adjustments is simply too in depth to get into right here, however right off the soar, Yakuza 0 director Kazuki Hosokawa, artwork supervisor Saizo Nagai, and game design supervisor Koji Yoshida are all lacking from the GOG credit, and virtually each division at RGG has lacking names. Evaluating the Steam and GOG credit side-by-side, the 2 sequences broadly line up, nevertheless it’s virtually as if the GOG one has been redacted. Timo654 states that the credit for all of the video games within the GOG assortment are equally affected. It additionally seems that collection creator Toshihiro Nagoshi has additionally been omitted. 

Game studios will typically cut back or take away the credit score of a developer who left the corporate partway by means of a game’s growth. It is an unfair follow, and one which will have been stretched to an (il)logical conclusion right here, with builders who left RGG Studios for the reason that video games’ preliminary launch faraway from the credit of those “new” variations. This new growth additionally makes me surprise how the credit of the preliminary Steam remasters of Yakuzas 3-6 examine to the video games’ preliminary console variations.

Equally unfair, however much more complicated, is the omission of help studios Lab42 and QLOC. Within the preliminary Steam launch, Lab42 is credited because the PC porting studio for Yakuza 0 and Kiwami, whereas QLOC did the job on Kiwami 2 and Yakuzas 3-6. 

The GOG video games appear to be based mostly on the 2 firms’ porting work and, as Timo653 demonstrates of their preliminary submit, Kiwami 2 seems to have been modified so {that a} QLOC brand that seems within the opening credit of the Steam model is gone for GOG. I’ve reached out to Sega, QLOC, and Lab42 for remark, and can update this story if I hear again.

With the elevated visibility of labor points within the videogame trade, equity in crediting has gotten higher consideration from the general public at massive. The wonderful Metroid Prime Remaster earlier this yr drew ire for omitting the unique game’s workers from its credit, merely giving a blanket “Based mostly on the work of Metroid Prime, authentic Nintendo Gamecube and Wii model growth workers.” For an instance of getting it right, the remaster specialists at Nightdive take nice pains to credit score authentic builders—even the studio’s glorious ground-up remake of System Shock options your entire authentic game’s workers within the credit.