As a result of we get new Yakuza video games on a regular basis, and since they’re so typically set in the identical locations starring the identical individuals utilizing the identical engine, the collection has by no means wanted large, staged reveals earlier than. Take the subsequent sport, for instance, of which we’re getting our first look…over a developer’s shoulder.
The video beneath is of a 17-minute tour of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, builders of the collection. While most of it’s stuffed with well mannered interviews and a have a look at the staff’s motion-capture setup, there’s a few components—one which I’ve set to autoplay beneath—the place we get a really transient, first have a look at the subsequent sport within the collection. (The subsequent sport was introduced final 12 months, however with none visuals to accompany it.)
I do know, that’s not a lot! However we do get to see Ichiban’s new and improved haircut. (Or outdated and improved haircut, since he was sporting a ponytail when launched from jail within the final sport. Remember, his perm from Like a Dragon was a results of a hairdressing catastrophe!)
We will additionally see his outdated buddies Yu Nanba (the homeless wizard) and Koichi Adachi (the big former cop), all three of them hanging out in what appears to be like like Ichiban’s suitably shitty house.
A follow-up story from Japanese journal Famitsu says that along with the transient glimpse of the sport in motion, it was additionally revealed that the subsequent sport within the collection will see the introduction of a “new city,” one thing that’s all the time a pleasure to soak up.
I reviewed Like a Dragon again in 2020, and located that whereas the swap to a JRPG system had greater than its share of teething issues, that very same ol’ Yakuza magic was nonetheless shining by. With that have underneath their belt, I’m very excited to see what Ryu Ga Gotoku can give you subsequent…every time this sport is launched. Tright here’s nonetheless no official date for it.