Yakuza 7 Coming West as Yakuza: Like a Dragon, More Features Revealed
Sega has confirmed that Yakuza 7 will be coming to North America and Europe. The game will be released in the west as Yakuza: Like a Dragon and will be released in 2020, some time after its Japanese release on January 16, 2020. In addition to the western release confirmation, Sega also released more Japanese details and media for the game, showing off multiple features and introducing a pair of new characters.
As previously detailed, the game stars a new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, and features the new area of Isezaki Ijincho in the city of Yokohama. The game will feature a turn-based, command-based combat system with Ichiban fighting enemies alongside a party containing up to three other members using multiple attack, recovery, and support techniques. The new trailer, viewable below along with the English announcement trailer, shows a class system that includes options such as host and dancer.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon will include new mini-games, including karting. Ichiban is able to enter the dangerous races, which include weapons that can be picked up during the race, with players able to customise Ichiban’s kart. The game will also include a movie theatre that Ichiban can visit. During the movie, Ichiban will need to resist the urge to sleep, which takes the form of a button-pressing mini-game. Successfully watching a movie without falling asleep will increase Ichiban’s abilities. Sega has also partnered with Universal Entertainment and Sammy to include real-life pachislot machines in the game.
Finally, the two new characters introduced are Saeko Mukouda and Kouichi Adachi, who can both join Ichiban’s party. Saeko works for a cabaret club and is greatly trusted by the cabaret club’s owner. Kouichi is a criminal investigator who was demoted by his boss after going against his orders. However, Kouichi has since uncovered a potential scandal involving his boss and the Arakawa family that Ichiban used to be part of. Kouichi decides to work with Ichiban to get closer to the evidence required to prove his case.