Like a Dragon: Ishin! Remake Was Chosen Over Kenzan Due to Greater Western Demand

Entertainment outlet duniaku recently interviewed RGG Studio’s Masayoshi Yokoyama, revealing that a remake for Like a Dragon: Ishin! was chosen over the also-Japanese exclusive Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan! due to more demand for the former in the West. Additionally, story updates and more alterations would have to be made to Kenzan for a modern release to be feasible.

For those unaware, Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan! is a spinoff initially released in Japan in 2008 as the franchise’s debut PlayStation 3 game. It takes place during the Edo Period in 1605 and was launched before Ishin. The title has some story elements that would likely not go over well in current times, so the decision to prioritize Ishin first was wise.

Thanks to the Yakuza fansite, The Tojo Dojo, for sharing this news.

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Like a Dragon: Ishin! is releasing for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and PC via Windows and Steam in February 2023. This title was formerly Japan-only.

Like a Dragon 8 was recently announced for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam. This turn-based entry will focus on protagonists Ichiban and Kiryu following Yakuza: Like a Dragon. A 2024 release is planned.

Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name was recently announced for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam. Releasing in 2023, this action title will focus on the series’ former protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu, following the end of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. It will also detail his journey up to his appearance in Like a Dragon 8.

Judgment and Lost Judgment are finally available on PC.


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