Potential Yakuza Kenzan Remake Relies on Like a Dragon: Ishin! Succeeding

Outlet Ungeek recently interviewed “RGG Studio’s Executive Producer Masayoshi Yokoyama and Chief Director Hiroyuki Sakamoto alongside other members of the SEA gaming press” regarding why the other historic Like a Dragon series prequel, Yakuza Kenzan, is not being remade.

Of the statements they released, Yokoyama said that a remake of the PlayStation 3 title would require extensive updates, essentially making it an entirely new game. The outdated combat system and character movements are emphasized as elements that would need fundamental overhauls.

However, the most significant statement, while expected, is the following:

“The other thing is that, to even start thinking about recreating Kenzan as a game, Like a Dragon: Ishin would have to become a huge hit on the market to start that conversation alone.”

While this conclusion could be easily assumed beforehand, Yokoyama has stated that even the sheer possibility of remaking Kenzan relies on Like a Dragon: Ishin succeeding.

Of course, we’re not entirely sure what sales numbers would define success in this case, but considering how well the franchise has been doing in recent years, we’re pretty confident a remake of Kenzan will occur at some point down the line.

An interview from September also revealed Yokoyama stating that Ishin was chosen for a remake over Kenzan due to greater demand from the Western audience.

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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Developer RGG Studio and publisher Sega have announced Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Windows and Steam, with a 2023 launch. The cabaret mini-game is confirmed to be returning.

View our latest coverage of Like a Dragon: Ishin!

Like a Dragon: Ishin! is releasing for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Windows and Steam on February 22, 2023. This title was formerly Japan-only. Further, this will be a fully-fledged remake in Unreal Engine 4 with new content.

The franchise’s next mainline entry, Like a Dragon 8, was recently announced.


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