One of many huge reveals from final week’s Tokyo Video games Present was Like A Dragon 8, the following in what we’ve been calling the Yakuza sequence. Besides the sport didn’t appear to be following the naming conference of its predecessor Yakuza: Like A Dragon, as a substitute ditching the half related to the Japanese crime syndicate. The pinnacle of sequence builders Ryu Ga Gotoku, Masayoshi Yokoyama, has since confirmed the change in a current interview (thanks IGN).
In Japan, the Yakuza sequence has at all times been recognized by the identical identify as its developer. Ryu Ga Gotoku principally interprets to Like A Dragon. That’s why the final sport had it within the title, and why the sequence is altering to that identify for the long run. It’s like when Resident Evil 7 was subtitled Biohazard, besides we did not then see Biohazard Village occur. Thanks Capcom, I suppose?
Yokoyama stated that the response to Yakuza: Like A Dragon was adequate for RGG to think about dropping the Yakuza half eventually. He didn’t really feel that retaining the Yakuza identify for the Western launch of the studio’s subsequent sport, Like A Dragon: Ishin!, was proper as a result of it takes place within the nineteenth century, with out the Yakuza themselves current. “So it simply is sensible for us to not embody them within the identify,” Yokoyama stated. “If we supply by means of the accent, we would be Yakuza: Ishin! It isn’t Yakuza: Ishin! That is not what it is about. So Like A Dragon: Ishin! makes extra sense.”
Over within the West, we’ve been referring to RGG’s Kiryu-starring, Kamurocho-inhabiting motion adventures as Yakuza for only a smidge greater than 16 years now. It doesn’t actually hassle me that the identify is altering, notably as Like A Dragon sounds hella kewl. It’s simply arduous to not nonetheless name it Yakuza after this lengthy. I’m certain we most likely all will, a minimum of for a number of years. It helps that there’s a metric shedload of Yakuza-no-more video games lined up, although.
Ed awarded Like A Dragon 8’s predecessor a Bestest Bests in his Yakuza: Like A Dragon evaluation again in 2020, notably having fun with the substories. “Usually they’re subversive, main you to imagine somebody’s a ridiculous jackass, earlier than chinning you with their tear-jerking, tragic backstory,” he stated. “I fought a Piss Wizard, reworked a hoarder’s life, and drank heat child’s milk with a diaper-clad yakuza clan (sure, the infants are again, child).”
First amongst Sega and RGG’s salvo of Kiryu is Like A Dragon: Ishin!, out in February. Then we’ve bought Like A Dragon Gaiden someday in 2023, adopted by Like A Dragon 8 in 2024. You received’t even keep in mind it was known as Yakuza by the point the sequence’ twentieth anniversary rocks up in 2025, I am going to wager.