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Sega Announces A Slate of Yakuza Games coming in 2023 and 2024 Including Yakuza 8

Plus a Smaller Kiryu Led game that Takes Place Between Yakuza 6 and Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Let me tell you it’s a good day to be a Yakuza fan as Sega has announced in an RGG Summit stream a full slate of three Yakuza games coming in the next 2 years. The first one is Like a Dragon: Ishin which we already knew about as it was announced yesterday during a State of Play presentation.

It’s not really a new game per se but is a remake of an alternate universe series spinoff game that was originally released during PS4’s 2014 launch in Japan and never made its way to the west. Not too long ago there was interest from a long-time Yakuza localization producer to bring it over to the west and looks like that push is finally leading to the game’s launch this coming February.

The next game is probably the most interesting and honestly unexpected Yakuza title I saw Sega announcing which is Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name set to release in 2023. This game will be a reportedly smaller game compared to the mainline titles and sees the return of Kiryu in the protagonist role under the code name, Joryu in a ‘one last job’ kind of story.

Narratively the game is set during the Summer of 2018 between Yakuza 6: The Song of Life and Yakuza: Like a Dragon and gameplay-wise sees the return of the action combat that fans (like me) of the Judgement and Kiryu saga games know all too well.

Yakuza 8 is the final game of this slate and is the only one of the three that’s coming to PC, PS4, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S in 2024, in anticipation we got a quick one-minute teaser trailer of the game. There isn’t much to go over but it does reveal that this game will be a dual protagonist kind of game with Ichiban sharing the spotlight with a silver foxed Kiryu.

I guess the original Yakuza protagonist is not ready to hand over the keys to the Yakuza kingdom just yet but the dyed straight silver hair looks really freakin’ weird on Kiryu like it fits someone a couple of decades younger. Mid-life crisis hits people in different ways I guess.

All these games were all titled with the Like a Dragon name which is what the series is known in Japan, I don’t know if this is a move to do away with the ‘Yakuza‘ naming convention altogether in the west, It remains to be seen if this is exclusively just for Japan as I’m a little attached to the ‘Yakuza‘ name but with the trailers being released in English all under the same name, it does seem there is a name shift at Sega.