Yakuza fans are eating healthy today. SEGA and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio announced three brand new Yakuza / Like a Dragon titles during yesterday’s State of Play. Within that fervor of new titles to look forward to is the first official look at Yakuza 8.
Officially titled Like a Dragon 8, that game will follow up on the story of Yakuza: Like a Dragon with returning protagonists Ichiban Kasuga and Kazuma Kiryu. It’s allegedly set to be the largest Yakuza / Like a Dragon game to date.
Yakuza fans will still need to wait until 2024 to dive into this eighth main entry, but fret not: there’s plenty of hard-hitting action on the way. Also announced was Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, a side story focused on Kiyru which takes places between Yakuza 6 and the upcoming title.
Like a Dragon 8 and the future of Yakuza
We don’t know too much about this new mainline title so far, as it’s still not due until 2024. It looks like it’ll focus on what happened to Ichiban Kasuga following the events of Yakuza: Like a Dragon and intersect it with the continuing story of Kazuma Kiryu (who was notably mostly absent from Like a Dragon’s main story).
An interesting change is the title, as the Yakuza name has apparently been abandoned. Instead, Like a Dragon looks to be the name of the series going forward. That’s a direct translation of “ryu ga gotoku,” so the name makes perfect sense.
We also got details on an upcoming spinoff, Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name. It centers around Kiryu’s story after the events of Yakuza 6 and will apparently be a shorter title. The story trailer shows Kiryu in hiding at a temple and assigned to a job for the Daidoji family. See that trailer below:
That’s not even the end of the Yakuza action! Another title announced today was Like a Dragon: Ishin!, a remake of the 2014 Japan exclusive Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin! That title is also coming in 2023.
Which of these new Yakuza / Like a Dragon titles are you looking forward to most? Let us know!