‘Yakuza: Like A Dragon’ Story & Gameplay Trailers Revealed

by Sage Ashford

At Tokyo Game Show, SEGA has revealed both more story and a gameplay trailer for their upcoming title, Yakuza: Like A Dragon. The first one, an “announcement trailer”, covers the same ground as the initial trailer for the opening half. The second half though, explores what it means to explore Isezaki Ijincho, and some of the major people in the organizations controlling Yokohama’s criminal underground.
It also introduces several of your cast members.  More from SEGA below:

SEGA and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio are happy to announce that the latest entry in the RGG / Yakuza series, Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Japanese title – Ryu Ga Gotoku 7) is releasing in Japan on January 16, 2020, for the PlayStation®4, with a Western launch planned for 2020. Actors Shinichi Tsutsumi, Ken Yasuda, and Kiichi Nakai will be lending their appearances and voices to the game’s main cast members, with Kazuhiro Nakaya voicing the game’s main protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon introduces a new main protagonist for the first time since the series’ inception over a decade ago — 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.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is much more than just a new chapter in the Yakuza series. Much like the new English title itself, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a complete reimagining of the franchise, a landmark to coincide with the series’ 15th anniversary. With the bulk of the game taking place in the large-scale, painstakingly-realized setting of Ijincho in Yokohama, players will explore an entirely new side of Japan never-before-seen in the series. Not only that, but Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s combat system has undergone a major overhaul, combining Yakuza’s established brawling action with a turn-based RPG battle system.


We also get a trailer featuring several minutes of Yakuza 7’s gameplay.  This goes in-depth into the new combat system, which has more contextual interactions as far as item usage, with Ichiban using whatever’s nearby to aid him in his attacks.  The turn-based system is explained away as Ichiban being a fan of the game Dragon Quest, so the battles resemble classic RPGs.
But there’s much more to this version of Yakuza than that, as they introduce a few major side games.  Players will be able to attend movies, playing mini-games to get through the entire film without falling asleep.  They’ll be able to participate in go-kart racing, presumably as we work our way up into introducing cars in the series.  (I’m guessing they aren’t in this time.  Oh well, maybe for the next game.)   There’s brief glimpses at side missions, confirming these are back in the game, and Ichiban can solve them with the help of his new crew.
Most importantly though is the reveal that this game has a job system, like classic Final Fantasy titles V and Tactics.  We have no clue how many options are available yet, but we know that players can play as a bodyguard, a host, or a dancer, swapping jobs by visiting a Job Center.  This new Yakuza looks exactly like the breath of fresh air the genre needed.  Hopefully it leans harder into the RPG elements a bit more, allowing players to customize Ichiban’s look with certain outfits, spiffying up the crew would be a wonderful addition.  They’re certainly enjoying using over the top heat moves like breathing fire and summoning satellite lasers, at least.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is releasing sometime in 2020 for PlayStation 4.

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