Yakuza 7 (Yakuza: Like a Dragon in America) is changing a lot of things that were considered bread and butter for the franchise. This includes a new lead character and a change from real time action to turn base combat. Unsurprisingly this has lead to a drop in launch sales. Does this mean that this whole new direction has been a failure? Not really, it will depend on how the game sales overtime and we still have to launch it outside of Japan. Who knows, in the West, this being a soft reboot might help it.
If you are excited for Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which comes out later this year in America, you probably already know that these games have had free DLC updates since the release of Yakuza 3 and this new game isn’t any different.
While we don’t know the release schedule of these DLC items in the West, we do know the release schedule for the Japanese release (they start releasing tomorrow):
January 23, 2020
January 30, 2020
February 6, 2020
February 13, 2020
February 20, 2020
February 27, 2020
The first pack that SEGA is releasing is called the ‘Support Pack Vol. 1’ which will add a new ‘Cleanup Crew’ costume and the following support items:
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.
In a recent interview on Famitsu with Yakuza: Like A Dragon producer, Masayoshi Yokoyama, SEGA plans to release a demo for the game with no release date to announce at this time and the live command battle system will be an upgrade from the version shown at Tokyo Game Show 2019, offering battle action nearly identical to what the final product will feature when it launches.
He also gave out more information about the female only “Office Worker” job for the character voiced by Eri Kamataki, who won the audition to play the role of the game’s female co-star, who will fight with office supplies such as cutters and thumb tacks.
Yakuza: Like A Dragon is set for release in Japan on January 16, 2020 in Japan, and in 2020 in the Americas and Europe for the Playstation 4.
SEGA released new info and screenshots on one of Yakuza: Like A Dragon’s unique game play mechanics called “Life Experience” where the player can increase Ichiban Kasuga characteristics and human nature with six parameters such as “Enthusiasm,” “Mentality,” “Cheerfulness,” “Kindness,” “Intelligence,” and “Stylishness.” through completing play spots, character interactions and fighting.
Here are some in depth details on the “Life Experience” growth element system fully translated courtesy of Gematsu after the break. Yakuza: Like A Dragon will be released for PlayStation 4 on January 16, 2020 in Japan, and in 2020 in the Americas and Europe.
Weekly Famitsu’s latest issue in Japan has new game play information on Yakuza: Like A Dragon which covers two new characters, how the Live Command RPG Battle begins, summoning help in battle, and new mini games to try out in the latest installment. With Tokyo Game Show 2019 happening this week, we most likely see live demonstrations of the features in action during SEGA’s livestream starting this Thursday. For insight details on the game play, click the link after the break.
The latest issue of the Weekly Famitsu magazine in Japan had a huge feature on the upcoming Yakuza: Like a Dragon (aka Yakuza 7: Wherebouts of Light and Darkness). There are a ton of great tidbits of new information regarding the upcoming game but one that stood out was the team saying that Yakuza: Like a Dragon‘s story mode will be ‘more than twice as long’. That really makes you question if its because of the new combat system, which is taking a turn based RPG approach or if its just because this game will have more content. I mean, Yakuza 5’s story was ridiculously long and if this is going to be more than double the length…. I’m in!
SEGA has announced the official name for the new Yakuza game titled “Yakuza 7: Whereabouts of Light and Darkness” during the game’s press conference today in Japan with series creator, Toshihiro Nagoshi taking center stage. Yakuza 7 is said to be aimed to be a “watershed” moment for the Yakuza series.
Yakuza 7 will take place in Yokohama with Ichiban Kasuga as the main protagonist who was sent to jail in 2002. Eighteen years later, waiting for him in Kamurocho is Masumi Arakawa (CB: Kiichi Nakai), who Kasuga owes his life to. He manages to make his way to Yokohama. Saved by Nanba (Ken Yasuda), this story will be the rise of Kasuga. He’s also a fan of Dragon Quest. Sega managed to make a deal with Yuji Horii to mention Dragon Quest in the game.
The gameplay for Yakuza 7 will be vastly different from other Yakuza titles as the game will feature an all-new turn-based action command battle system, which was shown as an April Fools joke. It will include returning elements such as using your environment and objects to fight and incorporates real-time physics. The game will be playable at TGS 2019 from September 12th to September 15th and will officially launch in Japan on January 16th 2020 and in North America and Europe in 2020 for Playstation 4.
What are your thoughts on the new entry to Yakuza and the gameplay change? Be sure to leave a comment below and hit the break for embedded tweets of Yakuza 7 info from Famitsu.