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:
Launch sales of Yakuza 7 in Japan are the weakest of a main Yakuza title since the original game being a 20% drop from the launch of Yakuza 6.
Genre change is affecting the game as expected, but reception is good, legs is what will ultimately matters. pic.twitter.com/6HRgO8KI78
— Game Data Library (@GameDataLibrary) January 22, 2020
What are your thoughts on the Japanese launch sales of Yakuza 7 (Yakuza: Like a Dragon)? Do you think SEGA will go back to real time combat for the next title?