New game in Yakuza series with new protagonist debuts in Japan in January
Sega confirmed on Wednesday that it will release Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue, the seventh game in its Yakuza series, in the West in 2020 with the title Yakuza: Like a Dragon (“Like a Dragon” is the translation of the series’ Japanese title Ryū ga Gotoku). Sega is streaming an English-subtitled announcement trailer for the game.
Sega will release the game for PlayStation 4 in Japan on January 16.
The game takes place in Isezaki Ijincho in Yokohama. The story follows the new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga, who belongs to the Arakawa Family, the third generation family of the Tojo Clan. Kasuga’s boss Masumi Arakawa asked him to take the fall for the crimes of the family’s right-hand man Jō Sawashiro. For his family’s love and his boss’ respect, Kasuga served 18 years in a strict prison and was released in 2019. However, no one was there to greet him upon his release.
The game will have a “live command RPG battle” system that combines action and RPG battle commands. Toshihiro Nagoshi is the general director.
The cast includes:
Kazuhiro Nakaya as Ichiban Kasuga, the protagonist who takes the fall for the crimes of Jō Sawashiro
Shinichi Tsutsumi as Jō Sawashiro, the right-hand man of the Arakawa Family
Ken Yasuda as Namba, a man who lost his nursing license for smuggling medicine out of a hospital to the black market
Kiichi Nakai as Masumi Arakawa, leader of the Arakawa Family, the third generation family of the Tojo Clan
Sega had previously revealed the game in March with Kazuhiro Nakaya as the protagonist. He was also the protagonist of the Yakuza Online (Ryū ga Gotoku Online) game, which launched for iOS and Android devices and on PC in November 2018.
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, the previous game in the series, launched on the PS4 in Japan in December 2016 and launched in North America in April 2018. Sega released the PS4 version of its Yakuza 5 game in Japan on June 20.
Source: Press release