Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a brand new game with a fresh protagonist that also ditches the traditional brawler gameplay. It is now confirmed to launch in the West by Sega.
Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios announced the new Yakuza game recently confirming a fresh start for the series. They also introduced a new combat system which was first teased in an April Fools video but it was later revealed to the real deal. This is a turn-based combat system which is a first for the series.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is technically the 7th Yakuza game and it has been called as such in Japan, but the Western title was revealed to ditch the numbering in favor of a subtitle. Here is how the logo looks like in English.
There has been some backlash to the announcement mainly from the old supporters of the series. There is some concern that turn-based battles won’t suit the game but this remains to be seen. The Yakuza 7 producer has assured fans that the quality of the game won’t be compromised with a different gameplay system.
The game stars Ichiban Kasuga, “a low-level yakuza member looking to prove his self-worth, and follows him and his motley crew of unlikely allies as they attempt to rise from rags to riches in this modern human drama.” He will take over the lead role after Kazuma Kiryu who was last seen in the sixth entry of the series.