One of many huge reveals from final week’s Tokyo Video games Present was Like A Dragon 8, the subsequent in what we’ve been calling the Yakuza series. Besides the sport didn’t appear to be following the naming conference of its predecessor Yakuza: Like A Dragon, as an alternative ditching the half related to the Japanese crime syndicate. The pinnacle of series builders Ryu Ga Gotoku, Masayoshi Yokoyama, has since confirmed the change in a latest interview (thanks IGN).
In Japan, the Yakuza series has all the time been identified by the identical identify as its developer. Ryu Ga Gotoku principally interprets to Like A Dragon. That’s why the final recreation had it within the title, and why the series is altering to that identify for the longer term. It’s like when Resident Evil 7 was subtitled Biohazard, besides we did not then see Biohazard Village occur. Thanks Capcom, I assume?
Yokoyama mentioned that the response to Yakuza: Like A Dragon was ok for RGG to think about dropping the Yakuza half eventually. He didn’t really feel that protecting the Yakuza identify for the Western launch of the studio’s subsequent recreation, 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 mentioned. “If we feature by means of the accent, we might be Yakuza: Ishin! It is not 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, significantly as Like A Dragon sounds hella kewl. It’s simply arduous to not nonetheless name it Yakuza after this lengthy. I’m positive we most likely all will, at the least 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 assessment again in 2020, significantly having fun with the substories. “Usually they’re subversive, main you to consider somebody’s a ridiculous jackass, earlier than chinning you with their tear-jerking, tragic backstory,” he mentioned. “I fought a Piss Wizard, remodeled 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 bear in mind it was known as Yakuza by the point the series’ twentieth anniversary rocks up in 2025, I am going to wager.