Like a Dragon: Ishin! Announces Photo Mode; Drinking Contests & Chicken Racing Minigame Teased

The latest issue of Famitsu contains new information regarding the upcoming Sega-published and RGG Studio-developed Like a Dragon: Ishin! 

Photo Mode has been confirmed for the title, and it will include over 40 different filters and 200 stickers for fans to place on whatever images they capture. Additionally, Bacchus from Yakuza 0 will appear as a character called “Satou.” While previously shown in promotional material, this Famitsu issue describes him as someone who is looking for memoirs that contain tidbits about the history of Japan and its people in order to learn more about the country in general, but couldn’t do so due to the hostility of the locals. Tatsu from Yakuza 0 from shown as well, as she gets Ryoma’s help to help find an unscrupulous moneylender who might’ve kidnapped a few of her acquaintances.

Moreover, many minigames were shown, such as Fishing, Karaoke, Traditional Japanese Dancing, Drinking Contests, Udon Shop Helper, Chicken Racing contests, and more.

Thanks to our team’s Ryuji for translating this information.

Some cropped screenshots depicting these minigames are viewable via our gallery below:

Like a Dragon: Ishin! is the missing chapter of the series and is finally coming west. Set in 1860’s Kyo, a solemn samurai’s fight for justice stands to change the course of Japan’s history forever. Draw your blade and join the revolution in this heated historical adventure.

Gameplay includes over-the-top action with access to a handful of weaponry and combat styles, including Swordsman, Gunman, Wild Dancer, and Brawler. An optional in-game glossary supplements context to the historical basis of the people, places, and events featured within Like a Dragon: Ishin! Further, this entry aims to expand upon its 2014 Japan-exclusive predecessor with localization support, all-new content, exquisitely remastered graphics, and enhanced capabilities for modern platforms in Unreal Engine 4.

Like a Dragon: Ishin! is launching for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC via Steam on February 21, 2023.

In case you’re confused by the series’ new naming scheme, Sega has clarified that the “Yakuza” series will be called “Like a Dragon” for the foreseeable future.


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