Yakuza: Like A Dragon, also known as Yakuza 7, officially has a Western release date in November for PC and current-gen consoles. Like A Dragon is currently a PS4 exclusive in Japan only, where it released in January. Despite the name, it’s the eighth main release in the Yakuza franchise.
Yakuza: Like A Dragon marks a significant departure from the rest of the Yakuza series. While its predecessors focused on real-time beat ’em up gameplay, Like A Dragon shifts to a turn-based JRPG model, as seen in games like Persona 5. To further iterate on this new RPG system, Like A Dragon introduces character jobs, which give characters unique abilities that they can use in battle. Like A Dragon holds fast to the traditional Yakuza model in giving players an open world to explore, full of side quests and minigames to take part in. It was received well when it released in Japan, earning a 38/40 from Famitsu.
Yakuza fans who have been eagerly awaiting the game’s arrival overseas don’t have much longer to go. Developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio announced on Twitter today that Yakuza: Like A Dragon will see a worldwide release on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on November 13th. It will also see an Xbox Series X release sometime in November once the console launches, and a PlayStation 5 release “coming soon,” likely left vague due to the fact that fans still don’t know when the PS5 will actually be released. Check out the announcement below:
Accompanying the announcement is a truly bombastic trailer for Yakuza: Like A Dragon, which places heavy emphasis on the game’s turn-based combat and the interchangeable character jobs that can be collected and equipped. There’s a wide variety of bizarre jobs, and each one has outlandish applications in combat, like a chef who can pour pepper over foes, or a catering host who can devastate enemies by dropping a table full of champagne flutes on them. The trailer even concludes with the main character decked out in full plate armor, brandishing a longsword and facing down a literal dragon, a scene which is quite at odds with the series’ setting in modern Japan.
The Yakuza franchise has never shied away from getting weird, but few titles have risen to the level of Yakuza: Like A Dragon in that regard. Over the past few years, Yakuza has seen a bit of a renaissance in the West, with major games in the series getting remastered and released overseas to bring new fans into the fold. There’s certainly a lot to like about the franchise, especially for fans who don’t mind when their crime dramas get a bit wacky. Those fans should be more than happy to take Yakuza: Like A Dragon for a spin when it hits store in the West market this November.
Yakuza: Like A Dragon will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 13th, 2020, on Xbox Series X later in November, and on PS5 at a later date.
Source: RGG Studio/Twitter