During IGN’s Summer of Games livestream, Sega revealed a new gameplay trailer for Yakuza: Like a Dragon, the eighth main release in the Yakuza series, and is set to come to PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC later this year.
The gameplay featured Like a Dragon‘s new turn based RPG combat, showcasing how the traditional Yakuza open world and realistic art style merges with more over-the-top encounters.
The gameplay trailer also featured an interview with Scott Strichart, Senior Localization Producer at Sega. Strichart confirmed that the game will feature seven playable party members and a job system with 19 different jobs. Each job will feature their own custom outfits, along with extra costumes that will be added to the game for free post-launch.
We also got a look at some of Like a Dragon’s new mini-games, such as one where Ichiban drives around town picking up cans. The Yakuza series has always been famous for its mini-games, so their inclusion in Like a Dragon is no surprise.
Strichart confirmed that Ichiban, Like a Dragon‘s protagonist, is a huge fan of JRPGs, meaning the combat is basically what is happening in Ichiban’s mind. Strichart also compared Like a Dragon to the Persona series, confirming that their will be dating in the new game.
This will be the first game in the main series to feature turn-based RPG combat instead of real time beat em’ up mechanics. Though fans of the series may be turned off by this change, Like a Dragon reviewed positive reviews and sold relatively well when it was released in Asia and Japan in January.
Instead of focusing on the story of fan favorite Kazuma Kiryu, Like a Dragon will feature new character Ichiban Kasuga as its protagonist. After being released from an 18-year prison sentence for a crime he didn’t commit, Kasuga expects to receive a heroic welcome by his clan. Instead, he finds that no one remembers him and is shot by his former patriarch when he questions the situation. Barely surviving the encounter, Kasuga sets out to find the real reason behind his sentencing and perhaps enact some good old fashion revenge along the way.
Check out the new gameplay trailer and interview with… below:
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