Noguchi Out at Sega of America

Noguchi Out at Sega of America

by May 25, 2012

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The hits keep on coming at Sega of America.  Today, the division’s producer Yasuhiro Noguchi announced on the official company forums it was his last day with Sega.

“I am sad to leave the company, but I know I leave things in good hands,” Noguchi said.  “My colleagues will continue to bring Japan-developed SEGA games to the West with the love and care they deserve.”

Noguchi served most notably in the Yakuza franchise, instrumental in bringing both Yakuza 4 and Yakuza: Dead Souls to the west.  He also had a hand in Sonic Generations, acting as senior producer.

“The project meant a lot to me, as the game also represented the 20th Anniversary celebration of Sonic, our company’s awesome blue mascot,” Noguchi said.

The move comes shortly after significant cuts were made at the American division.  It is unclear whether it was Noguchi’s choice to leave.