The primary Yakuza sport was launched all the best way again in 2006, and the branding was most not too long ago utilized in 2020’s Yakuza: Like A Dragon. Throughout eight most important releases and a variety of spin-offs, the identify grew to become synonymous with sharp fits, hour-long cutscenes, and bikes being smashed into dude’s faces. But as Sega will get able to welcome in an entire new era of video games within the sequence, it’s additionally selecting this second to say goodbye to the identify.
You might have observed that the brand new video games introduced earlier this week, from historic spin-offs to trendy spin-offs to the ninth entry in the principle sequence, all had one thing in widespread: Sega known as all of them ‘Like a Dragon’, whereas we nonetheless known as them ‘Yakuza.’ This was partly as a result of previous habits are arduous to interrupt, but additionally as a result of we all know that simply as we nonetheless name them Yakuza video games, so do most of you (I even seek advice from the Judgment video games as Yakuza titles, simply because it helps).
I contacted Sega at the moment to make clear this, although, and their reply was clear: the Yakuza identify is not any extra. For these three video games, and for each new title within the sequence going forwards, they’ll all carry the ‘Like a Dragon’ branding as a substitute, in order that they, as I used to be instructed, “extra carefully align with the Japanese identify.”
Japanese gamers will in all probability marvel what the massive deal is, as a result of within the sequence’ homeland each the video games themselves, and the event studio behind them have all the time been known as Ryū ga Gotoku/龍が如, which in English means…Like a Dragon. So in Japan there’ll be no want for change, it’s simply Western releases that may carry new branding.
As now you can see, Yakuza 7’s full title within the West—Yakuza: Like a Dragon—was really a little bit of a multitude, however like the sport itself appeared on the time, it was additionally the right technique to say goodbye to the previous Yakuza identify, whereas easing us all right into a Like a Dragon future.
So goodbye, Yakuza, and thanks for all of the recollections. You have been actually shorter, snappier and extra enjoyable to say than Like a Dragon.