Sega confirms three new ‘Yakuza’ games
Sega has confirmed three new Yakuza games, including the next chapter of the main game and two new spin-offs – watch the trailers below:
After much speculation and a slow drip feed of information, including images and Ichiban’s return, Yakuza 8 (A.K.A like a dragon 8) has now been confirmed to be released in 2024.
The sequel to Yakuza 7 will see Kiryu star alongside Ichiban and, according to executive producer Masayoshi Yokoyama, “will be the greatest (Yakuza) game to date.
“The game is about Kiryu having his whole past on his back and Ichiban having his whole future ahead of him. We felt we had to bring Kiryu back for this theme,” he continued before adding that the game is still in development. “We are still recording the lines.”
Ahead of the Tokyo Game Show, Sega also confirmed two Yakuza derivative securities. The first one, Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Blotted His Namewill follow the story of former gangster Kiryu Kazuma from the events of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life until Like a dragon 8.
Currently slated for release in 2023, Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Blotted His Name will be a game on a smaller scale than the main entries in the Yakuza series, and will return to the action-adventure brawl gameplay of previous games, as opposed to the RPG combat of Yakuza 8.
The second Yakuza the spinoff is Like a Dragon: Ishin which is due out in February 2023 and is RGG Studio’s first title to be built on Unreal Engine 4.
According to PlayStation’s announcement, “Like a Dragon: Ishin is an action-adventure historical thriller set uniquely in 1860s Kyo, a fictionalized version of Kyoto. While other games tell stories from earlier in Japanese history, Ishin lets you uncover the story of the demise of the iconic samurai era. Our hero, Sakamoto Ryoma, is a true historical figure widely credited with overthrowing the shogunate and leading Japan into sweeping reform.
After the presentation, Sega also revealed that Ryu Ga Gotoku Judgement and judgment lost the games are getting a surprise launch on PC today (September 14).
In other news, tekken 8 was officially announced during Sony’s State Of Play show last night (September 13).
A dramatic trailer for the upcoming title sees Kazuya and Jin Kazama battling in an atmospheric environment. As the pair clash, they also battle torrential rain, a tornado, lightning, and raging fires.
The tekken 8 logo then emerges from a broken and burning chain. A message below the graphic tells players to “stay tuned” for further updates. The release date of the new game is not yet known.