The latest game in the Yakuza series has been announced, titled Yakuza 7: Whereabouts of Light and Darkness in Japan and being given the title Yakuza: Like a Dragon for its Western release, it marks a huge departure for the series in some key ways.
Taking the reins as the protagonist in this installment is brand-new character Ichiban Kasuga, and with a new protagonist comes new gameplay – the real-time action brawling appears to be gone from the series for the first time, and instead, Yakuza 7 will feature turn-based combat. A trailer has been released alongside the announcement, albeit in Japanese.
You can read more on the Yakuza official site, well, if you can read Japanese or trust Google’s translation. Thankfully Gematsu has taken on the mantle of translator and has a full list of what’s been announced here.
For example, regarding the revamped combat, the announcement states that “Yakuza 7 uses a ‘live command RPG battle’ system that combines the series’ signature action with an RPG command system. It has evolved into a system in which anyone can easily enjoy exhilarating battles. In this completely new battle system, Ichiban Kasuga and his party will fight by selecting techniques with various effects such as attack, recovery, support, and more. Enjoy immersive and dynamic battles against all sorts of enemies.”
Yakuza 7 will release on January the 16th next year on PlayStation 4, with a Western release following later in 2020. We do not know at this time whether or not it will head to PC, but as we recently reported, Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 are all receiving remasters, and will most likely be released on PC and the Yakuza series is now considered a multi-platform series by Sega. So whilst we cannot confirm, we’re pretty certain that we’ll be seeing Ichiban Kasuga on our beloved black boxes before long.