Yakuza: Like a Dragon

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Japanese box art
Developer(s)Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Producer(s)Hiroyuki Sakamoto[1]
Platform(s)PlayStation 4
  • JP: January 16, 2020
  • WW: 2020
Genre(s)Role-playing game

Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Japanese: 龍が如く7 光と闇の行方, Hepburn: Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue, "Like a Dragon 7: Whereabouts of Light and Darkness") is a role-playing game[a] developed and published by Sega for the PlayStation 4. It is the eighth main release in the Yakuza series, and was released in Japan on January 16, 2020[2] and worldwide later that year. Featuring a new protagonist and a change in gameplay genre, Yakuza: Like a Dragon can be considered a soft reboot of the series.[3]


For the first time in the Yakuza series, the focus shifts away from Tokyo and the game's fictional recreation of Kabukichō, called Kamurocho. Instead, most of the gameplay takes place in the Yokohama district of Isezaki Ijincho,[4][5] which is based on Yokohama's real-life Isezakichō district. However, Kamurocho, and the Osaka district Sotenbori (another area from previous Yakuza games, based on the real-life Dōtonbori district), will be featured in the game.[4] Yakuza: Like a Dragon is also the first main game not to have Kazuma Kiryu as its protagonist, introducing the new character Ichiban Kasuga instead. Sega have described Kasuga as being much more outspoken and emotive than Kiryu.[6]


Another departure from previous Yakuza games is the battle system. Instead of the real-time beat 'em up mechanics of previous games, Yakuza: Like a Dragon features turn-based RPG type combat, with a four-person battle team. Sega have said that they wanted to try a different style of gameplay, but that if it is badly received, they will return to real-time combat for future games.[5]


Alongside Kasuga, other characters that can be recruited to the player's party include Namba, Koichi Adachi, and Saeko Mukouda.[2] Mukouda is the first female fighting character in the Yakuza series who is directly controlled by the player. Previous Yakuza series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu also makes an appearance in the game[7], alongside Goro Majima and Taiga Saejima[8], this time as main bosses initially and then as party assists.


Ichiban Kasuga hands himself into the police station in 2001.

In the year 2001, Ichiban Kasuga, a member of Tojo Clan's Arakawa Family is asked by the family's patriarch Masumi Arakawa to go to prison for a murder that he didn't commit, hoping that this will make him a hero in the Tojo Clan. In 2019, Kasuga is released from prison only to find that nobody remembers him; he goes to confront Arakawa, who shoots him in the chest. Several days later, Kasuga wakes up half-naked under a pile of trash and eventually finds out that he is in the Yokohama district of Isezaki Ijincho.


The game was initially announced on August 26, 2017, alongside Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise and Yakuza Online. During development, the project was code-named Shin Ryu ga Gotoku, literally "New Like a Dragon" or "Like a New Dragon,"[9] or "Shin-Yakuza" in English.[6] SEGA announced that the game's story was completed at the end of May 2019.[9] Yakuza series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi said that the new style of logo was done to reflect Ichiban Kasuga's differing personality compared to Kazuma Kiryu.[10]


The game was released in Japan on January 16, 2020, with the Chinese and Korean versions being released on the same day.[11] It is scheduled to be released worldwide later in 2020.[12]


Yakuza: Like a Dragon was awarded a Japan Game Awards Award for Excellence in the Future Division at the Tokyo Game Show 2019.[13]


Yakuza: Like a Dragon was the bestselling game during its first 4 days on sale in Japan, with 156,993 retail copies being sold.[14]


  1. ^ Categorized as a "Dramatic RPG" on SEGA's official Japanese Ryu ga Gotoku 7 website[2]


  1. ^ https://www.gematsu.com/2019/10/yakuza-like-a-dragon-gameplay-live-stream-set-for-october-29
  2. ^ a b c "龍が如く7 光と闇の行方(PlayStation®4) | セガ公式サイト" (in Japanese). SEGA. Retrieved 24 Sep 2019.
  3. ^ Mark Stethi (13 Sep 2019). "Yakuza: Like a Dragon Coming to the West in 2020 | The Nerd Stash". Nerd Stash. Retrieved 15 Sep 2019.
  4. ^ a b "『龍が如く7 光と闇の行方』は横浜・伊勢佐木異人町がメインだが、東京・神室町と大阪・蒼天堀にも行ける" (in Japanese). IGN Japan. 14 Sep 2019. Retrieved 17 Sep 2019.
  5. ^ a b Bobby Pashalidis (29 Aug 2019). "Yakuza: Like a Dragon Revealed | Console Creatures". Console Creatures. Retrieved 15 Sep 2019.
  6. ^ a b Shubhankar Parijat (18 Mar 2018). "Yakuza 7 (Shin Yakuza) New Details Revealed, Dev Discusses Possibilities For Yakuza 0 Sequel". Gaming Bolt. Retrieved 15 Sep 2019.
  7. ^ Cryer, Hirun (November 13, 2019). "It Looks Like Kiryu Kazuma is Back for Yakuza 7". USGamer. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  8. ^ https://twinfinite.net/2019/12/yakuza-like-a-dragon-screenshots-video/
  9. ^ a b Peter Glagowski (29 May 2019). "Yakuza director confirms story work is done on Shin Ryu Ga Gotoku". Destructoid. Retrieved 15 Sep 2019.
  10. ^ Tetsuya Inamoto (29 Aug 2019). "「龍が如く7 光と闇の行方」発表会レポート。シリーズで培ったアクションをコマンド入力式のバトルへと昇華。仲間との絆を描く物語にも注目 - 4Gamer.net" (in Japanese). 4Gamer.net. Retrieved 17 Sep 2019.
  11. ^ https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/29/yakuza-7-2020-turn-based-combat/
  12. ^ https://www.gamesradar.com/au/yakuza-7-trailer-rpg-combat/
  13. ^ "20190915.pdf" (PDF). Japan Game Awards. 15 Sep 2019. Retrieved 15 Sep 2019.
  14. ^ Romano, Sal (January 22, 2020). "Famitsu Sales: 1/13/19 – 1/19/20". Gematsu. Retrieved January 22, 2020.

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