Although Japan has been enjoying Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon since this past January, fans in western markets are still patiently waiting for the next mainline installment to hit storefronts later this November. However, with the Tokyo Game Show kicking off recently this week, there does look to be window for developer Ryu Gu Gotoku to announce the newest entry in the series.
Or at least that was what Ayana Tsubaki tweeted in the last 24 hours. The Sega Nama broadcast host made the post disclosing that the publisher will be hosting the reveal during the following Sega Fan Meet-up 2020 event when the Tokyo Game Show goes live. Howbeit, the tweet was later deleted, but has been archived for those to still read.
Finally arriving to the inaugural event to kick off Tokyo Game Show for Sega, Tsubaki tells that she misinterpreted the event’s planning and took the schedule to unveil a new entry. She goes on by stating that the aforementioned event will only spare the “latest information of the Ryu Ga Gotoku series,” and nothing more.
While Tsubaki does clarify that she has no understanding of a new announcement to take place, it does still leave the possibility for a game to be shown off. Howbeit, while there still is not cornet foundation to support a plausible announcement, let’s talk about what is already projected for the next flagship entry. Back in January, game director Toshihiro Nagoshi framed the RPG approach for Like a Dragon will follow forward for the next project.
When speaking with DualShockers, he disclosed that he does not want to stray too far from the direction the franchise is heading with the RPG elements injected into the gameplay. More so, he shares ambitions to find a more enjoyable approach to how the turn-based combat is implemented to be more intuitive for players accustomed to the gameplay of preceding releases.
This week, it was reported by Variety that Sega’s Yakuza series will be receiving a film adaptation with western production firms 1212 and Wild Sheep. Currently, casting alongside the positions for a writer to pen the script and a director is still underway. You can read the full report by heading here.
Are you hoping to see a new Yakuza game later in the coming days?
The Sega Nama livestream will kick off on September 27, 2020 at 8:20 PM JST / 7:20 EST / 4:20 PST.