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 folks utilizing the identical engine, the collection has by no means wanted huge, staged reveals earlier than. Take the following recreation, for instance, of which we’re getting our first look…over a developer’s shoulder.
The video under is of a 17-minute tour of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, builders of the collection, and whereas most of it’s crammed with well mannered interviews and a have a look at the staff’s motion-capture setup, there’s a few elements—one that I’ve set to autoplay under—the place we get a really transient, first have a look at the following recreation within the collection (the following recreation 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 previous and improved haircut, since he was sporting a ponytail when launched from jail within the final recreation; bear in mind, his perm from Like a Dragon was a results of a hairdressing catastrophe!).
We are able to additionally see his previous buddies Yu Nanba (the homeless wizard) and Koichi Adachi (the big former cop), all three of them hanging out in what appears like Ichiban’s suitably shitty residence.
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 following recreation within the collection will see the introduction of a “new city”, one thing that is at all times a pleasure to absorb.
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I reviewed Like a Dragon back 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 means of. With that have beneath their belt, I’m very excited to see what Ryu Ga Gotoku can provide you with subsequent…each time this recreation is launched (there’s nonetheless no official date for it).