This past Summer Yakuza fans have been patiently waiting for Sega or Rya Ga Gotoku Studio to disclose what plans the developer has next for the video game franchise knowing that a new title will be on the way in the coming months. Earlier in the Summer it was discovered through Sega’s quarterly report that a new installment in the series will be on the way with a release aimed for Fall 2019.
Assuming that the publisher would save the announcement for this past Gamescom earlier in the month, the company instead announced the Yakuza Remastered Collection; which as you can read included a bundle of reworked titles listing Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4, and Yakuza 5.
This week Sega has finally announced the newest flagship title in the series, Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon. Titled in Japan as Whereabouts of Light and Darkness, the previously revealed Kezuga Ichiban will be taking the role as the title’s protagonist with the setting being held in Yokkohama. Introducing the next installment with some screenshots of the game.
At a first glance, the engine used for the game does stand out in comparison to the last major installment of Yakuza 6: Song of Life. However, RGG Studio decided to change things up regarding the core gameplay by changing the combat system. Now, the fighting rather than how it was experienced in prior installments is a turn-based combat system.
Despite the unwanted change that fans have already displayed vocally on the recent change, Game Director Toshihiro Nagoshi shared that if fans do not agree with the decision, the combat will be reverted to the traditional system.
Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon is listed for PlayStation 4 with a scheduled release in Japan on January 16, 2019. Europe and North America have a planned release later in 2020.