The History of Sega Japan R&D Part 5: The Road to 2020 is Complete

It was 2015 when I posted the four part retrospective of Sega of Japan’s game development. 2015 was the year where they announced a new initiative and went as far as to make their previous corporate divisions their own separate companies. Such as Sega Games, Sega Interactive for arcades and so on (which they are already undoing again in April). Sega Game’s new president, Haruki Satomi, promised that he would right the wrongs of the past, gain back the trust of consumers and also shareholders with their “Road to 2020” initiative. Of course this encompasses the evolution of their Japanese in-house studios, which are arguably the core of Sega.

Yakuza 7 launch day numbers weakest in main series, 20% drop from Yakuza 6

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.

 

Check out the tweet by Game Data Library on Twitter for a sales chart:

Yakuza: Like a Dragon To Get Seven Free DLC Packs, First DLC Details Revealed

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:

Yakuza: Like A Dragon drops new details on returning Yakuza series veterans

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.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon demo announced and Female-only “Office Worker” job

 

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.

Source: [Gematsu & Games Talk]

New Details on Yakuza: Like A Dragon gives info on “Life Experience” growth element system

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.

TGS 2019: Yakuza: Like A Dragon Gameplay and Story Trailer

As previously reported in our Weekly Famitsu article on Yakuza: Like A Dragon, SEGA has uploaded two brand new trailers demonstrating the title’s gameplay features and story details. We got a good look on the game’s Live Command RPG Battle system in action with the ability to change Ichiban’s attire through “Job Change” with unique abilities to execute in battle depending on the selected attire.

The trailer also shows off the setting of Yokohama, ways to earn money through can collecting mini games, recruiting people in your team and various new and returning play spots to try out! The story trailer is similar to the previous one but with a few new scenes included featuring more new characters introduced to Yakuza: Like A Dragon. To check out the new story trailer, be sure to hit the jump after the break. Yakuza: Like A Dragon will be released in Japan on January 16, 2020 in Japan and in 2020 in the Americas and Europe.

New Yakuza: Like A Dragon Details from Weekly Famitsu featuring summons, kart racing and more!

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.

Yakuza: Like A Dragon’s story mode alone will be more than twice as long as previous games


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!

Check out the tidbits over at Gematsu!

SEGA shows off Tokyo Game Show 2019 line-up

SEGA has finally updated their Tokyo Game Show 2019 website revealing its full line-up for the upcoming event. While the event already had some heavy hitters before, but now they have even more games including Yakuza 7, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD and Hatsune Miku: Project Diva MegaMix.

If you want to see the full line-up, hit the jump. We also included the links where you can find the live streams.

[Via: Gematsu]

Hey, you got Yakuza in my Border Break!

From the Tokyo Game Show comes a crazy bit of crossover news. While showing off the iOS Border Break game, Gun Front Gale, and the arcade game Border Break Union (version 3.0 of the game), SEGA announced that a number of Yakuza characters will cameo in the arcade version of the game. It seems, however, that it has yet to be revealed just how the characters will be worked in. Only illustrations and the promise of cameos were revealed. As for version 3.0, 10 player co-op will be possible and the game will hit Japanese arcades on October 11th. Click here for more photos from the event.

Thanks to Aki At for the tip!

Yakuza movie coming west, used to promote Yakuza 3?

[Covers sort of look alike, cross promotion?]

Seems the Takashi Miike film titled “Like a Dragon” (the Japanese name for Yakuza series) is coming to America, over here it will be called Yakuza: Like a Dragon. The film cover even looks sort of like the cover for Yakuza 3, only better because the Yakuza 3 cover is uglier; they both share the same Yakuza logo.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon is being released on February 23rd and you can pre-order that here. Yakuza 3 gets a March 9th release date, a must have pre-order.