Yakuza 7 Announced with Command-Based Combat System
Sega has officially announced the new game in the Yakuza series as Yakuza 7. As previously revealed, the game stars a new protagonist named Ichiban Kasuga. Ichiban belonged to the Arakawa family subsidiary of the Tojo Clan, but was sent to prison in 2001 after taking the fall for crimes committed by Jo Sawashiro at the behest of the family patriarch Masumi Arakawa.
Upon leaving prison eighteen years later, Ichiban discovers that the Tojo Clan no longer controls Kamurocho following an alliance between the police and Kansai-based Omi Alliance. He also learns that the situation was caused by Masumi Arakawa, who has risen to second-in-command of the Omi Alliance. Searching for answers, Ichiban manages to reach Arakawa, but is shot. He later wakes up in an unfamiliar area, learning from a local named Namba that he is in Isezaki Ijincho in the city of Yokohama.
Yakuza 7 will feature a turn-based, command-based combat system that initially appeared as an apparent April Fools’ joke. The system will see Ichiban fighting enemies with a party containing up to four members using multiple attack, recovery, and support techniques. The new game will take place around the area of Isezaki Ijincho, which is said to be three times the size of Kamurocho.
Yakuza 7 will be released for PlayStation 4 in Japan on January 16, 2020. It is being reported that the game will be released in the west later in 2020, though this has not yet been officially confirmed.