We have some exciting (and come confusing) news for the fans of the Yakuza series! Sega held its 2022 Ryu Ga Gotoku Summit, an event dedicated exclusively to the Yakuza game series. You can find the livestream below, and it’s about an hour of dev talks and interviews, but there’s also some game announcements that we’ll get into in a bit. Let’s get started!
The Judgement Collection
The most immediately relevant news is the release of The Judgement Collection on Steam. This includes the original Judgement, the sequel Lost Judgement, as well as the The Kaito Files Expansion for the latter. This is the first time the games are available on PC, not counting the time they spent on Stadia and Luna.
The collection can be bought for around 100 USD/EUR, but you can also get the first game for 39.99, the second for 59.99, and the DLC for 29.99 (check your Steam store for an exact number in your region). Basically, getting the collection gives you the DLC for free.
The Name Change
Before we continue with the games, we need to talk about the name change. No official press release from Sega on the matter, but basically all the games in the series will drop the Yakuza moniker and fall under the “Like a Dragon” umbrella. This is pretty much a direct translation of the game’s original Japanese name, Ryu Ga Gotoku.
This is going to be a little confusing to anyone trying to get into the series, as there are 9 games in the series with that name, not counting the remakes of the first 2. Things get even more confusing with Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which is actually the 7th entry in the series story-wise. We’ll see if Sega will retroactively change the names of the old games.
Like a Dragon: Ishin!
Yes, the exclamation point is part of the title. A remake of the Japanese-exclusive Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin!, which is a spin-off game of the Ryū ga Gotoku series set in Japan during the Bakumatsu period, between 1853 and 1867, and will focus on Sakamoto Ryōma, a real-life samurai who got tangled in a coup d’état.
The remake’s name in Japan is Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin! Kiwami, so we can expect the improvements to be similar to those of Yakuza Kiwami 1 and 2. In terms of spin-offs not released in the west, there’s Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan!, set 200 years before Ishin!, and the two Kurohyō games, which were released for the PalyStation Portable and focus more on 1-on-1 fights rather than the brawls of the other games.
The game releases in February 2023 on PS4/5, Xbox One and Series X|S, and Steam.
We also have an extended 5-minute trailer to get a better tase of the game.
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name
An interquel game set between Yakuza 6 and Yakuza: Like a Dragon, The Man Who Erased His Name will focus on the time spent by Kiryu after he… Well, that’s spoilers, in case you’re late to the party. The reveal trailer shows Kiryu, codenamed Joryu (60% different, should be enough), accepting a mission that will force him out of hiding.
The game releases in 2023 on PS4/5, Xbox One and Series X|S, and Steam.
Like a Dragon 8
Last, and with the least amount of information, is Like a Dragon 8 (have we mentioned how confused new players will be?). The game looks to focus on regular series protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu, and the main character of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Ichiban Kasuga.
The game releases in 2024 on PS4/5, Xbox One and Series X|S, and Steam.
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