SEGA has released new information on Yakuza: Like A Dragon which covers the return of past characters in the previous series and former Yakuza members, Kazuma Kiryu, Goro Majima, and Taiga Saejima with interesting details translated by Gematsu on their combat abilities that Ichiban Kasuga and his companions must face up against in the main story mode. Take a look at the legendary former Yakuza members character descriptions and combat details after the break.
Thanks to a series of translated interviews with Yakuza series directors and producers, specifically one with Masayoshi Yokoyama, we learned that in Yokoyama’s personal opinion the series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu is probably a virgin. Yokoyama has long been involved in the Yakuza series, being in charge of script, sound direction and stage direction for all the numbered games as well as Kenzan and Ishin, and has been a producer since Yakuza 5.
The translated interview, which can be read in full here, touches on Yokoyama’s approach to the characters and the inspirations he takes in portraying them. When it comes to Kazuma, Yokoyama mentions that Kazuma is probably a virgin. While this is just his own opinion and is not official in any way, the notion went a long way in the development of the character. Yokoyama also cited that this what if scenario is a fun discussion one could have at a bar between friends who are fans of the Yakuza series. [WARNING: Yakuza 1 spoilers!]
Yakuza‘s Kazuma Kiryu joins the fight in Street Fighter V, thanks to this fan mod created for the PC version of the game. The mod was crafted by Khaled Antar, who is known in the Street Fighter V community for his past mods, this time he is giving us SEGA fans something to cheer about. If you didn’t know, when Tekken 7 producer asked fans what DLC character they wanted, Kazuma Kiryu topped their list. Maybe someone will make a Kazuma Kiryu mod for Tekken 7 next?
The mod uses Ryu as a base for Kazuma Kiryu and features three variants of the skin that each have 15 color options. You can play with shades, no shades and even have breakable shades via fighting. According to the description it also features jacket and hair physics.
While we won’t be getting Yakukza 6 until sometime in early 2018, SEGA Japan is already set to tease a new Yakuza game. While on a stream, long time Yakuza producer Toshihiro Nagoshi said that they will show ‘something’ relating to the new Yakuza game, he also mentioned that we will have to wait about two months for information regarding the new game. He also thinks people will be happy with what the game will be about. I guess we will find out where the new Yakuza game is heading, seeing that Yakuza 6 is Kazuma Kiryu’s last game.
It is quite obvious that this new Yakuza game will be SEGA’s big game at this years Tokyo Game Show and now we know that SEGA will start the teasing it in two months. So what direction do you guys want to see the new Yakuza game take? Are you excited for another go into the Yakuza world? Let us know in the comments below.
If you didn’t know, the upcoming Tekken 7 has teased that they would be delivering two guest characters in the next couple of years after the game launches. Back in April, Tekken 7‘s loud mouth game director and producer Katsuhiro ‘Don’t Ask For Shit’ Harada tweeted to ask people suggestions for guest characters, suggestions went from Goku to Bayonetta. But who was the most requested? Yakuza‘s Kazuma Kiryu was the most fan requested DLC guest character. I never thought about it prior to this tweet but I think Kazuma Kiryu would fit right into Tekken 7 and if anything, would benefit both companies by promoting each others brands.
In SEGA’s latest installment in its long running Yakuza series, a lot is riding on giving the series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu a strong send off. To accomplish that, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has made a string of changes and brought back a host of ex-characters to give the legendary gangster one last, great, final adventure. Reporting live from Tokyo Game Show for SEGAbits, I’m ready to share my hands-on impressions with Ryū ga Gotoku 6. Hit the break to find out more.
Video game statue maker First 4 Figures, who have already produced several SEGA and Sonic the Hedgehog premium collectable statues, have announced a new SEGA character and franchise that they will be adding to their ever expanding SEGA All-Stars collection; Yakuza‘s Kazuma Kiryu.
Teased on their Facebook page, First 4 Figures announced that pre-orders start March 8th, 2016 and featured a peek at Kazuma’s face. Thus far, fan reaction has been mixed. It is cool to see Yakuza joining the ranks of Shenmue and Skies of Arcadia, but they really didn’t nail Kazuma’s likeness. As is, he sort of looks like a cosplayer attempting a Kazuma Kiryu look. In the past, First 4 Figures have taken fan feedback very seriously and have altered character’s faces to better match the source.
We’ll share more details once pre-orders go live on March 8th!
Above is a very short YouTube video showing Kazuma Kiryu in Binary Domain. He is only available for the multiplayer portion of the game and has nothing to do with the story, as far as we know. Got to say, he is looking good for being over a hundred years old.
You know that Nagoshi and his newly new named Yakuza Team couldn’t make a new title without featuring their most successful hero, Kazuma Kiryu. It has been confirmed that Kazuma Kiryu will be playable in the game, but not in the single player mode. He will actually be playable online.
“Since this is from the Yakuza team, after all, we figured we’d offer this as a present and as a symbol of the spirit we’re putting into this. Some people may see him as too out-of-place in this near-future setting, but the game is set in Tokyo, after all — I don’t think it’ll feel that strange. I hope you have fun having him go crazy on people.” –Producer, Toshihiro Nagoshi
Kazuma has two different looks, his government outfit will feature him in his white iconic suit. If you decide to play him as a rebel, you will get him shirtless with a Rambo type get up. This includes a bandanna as well.
I guess Kazuma is a better choice than something from Super Monkey Ball.
One of the most iconic things about the Yakuza series is Kazuma’s awesome back tattoo. Well, last year when Yakuza 3 was released, SEGA had a competition. What did you have to do to win? Get a full back tattoo just like Kazuma’s. Did someone win? Yes…
The winner was Fari Salievsk, a 46-year-old MMA trainer from Australia. The tattoo took six months to complete, with sessions lasting up to four hours in three week intervals.
“Getting a tatt is making a statement that is with you for life so I do recommend it but it’s not something you rush in to,” – Fari Salievsk
The tattoo was paid for by SEGA and ended up costing around $9,000, feels good getting free ink. Mr. Salievsk did change one thing on the tattoo, the bottom writing was changed from Japanese to Korean. He said “personalized his kanji in place of the original.” I don’t think he knows what kanji is….
Here is the story trailer for everyone’s favorite Kazuma, the Dragon of Dojima. I’m really liking the narration job on the trailers, its a real 180 turn in quality compared to the third game.
The game is set to hit PS3 owners on March 15, 2011, you guys ready?
Kazuma Kiryu is a manly man, who supports manly products like jugs of beer and razors. I mean, Kazuma is the only 6 foot Japanese man and the only Japanese person who grows facial hair.
Kai group is now using Kazuma’s mug to sell their latest razor called “Kai Razor.” He will be used for adverts, retail videos and stands. I think Kazuma needs his own agent.