During the recent Xbox Series X livestream, Microsoft revealed that Yakuza: Like a Dragon will be a next-gen title.
The next chapter in Sega’s long-running Yakuza franchise is officially coming to Xbox consoles. Yakuza: Like a Dragon, better known as Yakuza 7, debuted on PS4 in Japan last January. In a blog post, Microsoft reveals that the game will be a Series X launch title with simultaneous releases on Xbox One and PC as well. However, an exact release date was not announced. Like a Dragon, is the eighth installment (counting the prequel, Yakuza 0) in the open-world franchise. Combined, the franchise has sold over 12 million copies.
What is the synopsis of Yakuza: Like a Dragon?
For those unfamiliar with the game, Yakuza: Like a Dragon has been available in Japan since January but only for PlayStation 4. It centers on a new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, and location inspired by Yokohama. Set against the modern-day backdrop of Japan, you’ll go to hell and back to get revenge on the man you trusted the most. The trailer shows Kasuga take the fall for a crime he didn’t commit. After serving 18 long years in jail, he returns without a warm welcome.
He soon discovers his clan has been completely wiped out, a job orchestrated by his former leader. That sends Kasuga on an incredible journey that looks like one of the more action-packed in the series. Looking at the trailer, it seems like you’ll have to go through many formidable bosses to get to the top and fulfill your goal. Also, the past Yakuza games have always had a few twists and turns. So you can expect some big revelation later on in the story.
What does the gameplay look like?
It’s worth noting that most entries in the franchise have been focused on real-time action. However, Like A Dragon’s battle system has been revamped and is a turn-based role-playing game. The game is a soft reboot, essentially, that brings in new fans just like Yakuza 0, a prequel released in 2015. And Judgment, a detective spin-off starring Japanese actor Takuya Kimura. (Hence why the game isn’t being titled Yakuza 7 in the West.) Not much is seen of the combat or the role-playing elements. But you can bet they’ll be great based on the developer’s past work. According to the game’s description, you’ll have over 18 unique jobs to experience. There are also a wide variety of resources you can use as weapons, from bats to umbrellas. This is looking like quite a unique and fun open sandbox experience.
What can we expect from the next-gen release?
Microsoft also said Yakuza: Like a Dragon will support Xbox Series X Smart Delivery. This means that anyone who buys the game on Xbox One can upgrade to the Series X version for free. The adventure will have cross-save functionality, too, so you can transition between Xbox One and Series X without losing your progress. Considering the fact that Sony has not announced something similar to Smart Delivery for PlayStation 5, this could give Microsoft an advantage going into the start of the next generation of consoles.
There is yet to be an official confirmation of Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s release date by publisher Sega. Or developer Ryu Ga Gotoku studio, at least outside of Japan. However, it’s safe to assume it will launch around the same time, if not close to the release of the upcoming Xbox Series X.
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