Hands up if you saw this one coming. Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio revealed today that Yakuza 7 will launch in 2020, and it appears to be a fully fledged RPG, changing out real time battles for turn-based combat.
Ryu Ga Gotoku's Toshinori Nagoshi gave a presentation to the Japanese media earlier today on August 29, revealing Yakuza 7 for the first time. This isn't the first time we've seen new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga, but now we finally have a proper identity for the new playable character, after Kiryu Kazuma bowed out in Yakuza 6: The Song of Life in 2018.
The biggest news surrounding the reveal of Yakuza 7? The combat is now entirely-turn based, with command inputs for the new battle system. Nagoshi said the team at Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio wanted to try something "totally different," according to the Wall Street Journal's Takashi Mochizuki, but the studio head did admit that if the public reception to the new combat style is negative, they're "happy to change back to action game for future releases."
Ichiban Kasuga loves Dragon Quest, according to Nagoshi, and Sega even got permission from series creator Yuji Hori to mention Dragon Quest in the game. Yakuza 7 actually takes place in Yokohama, but it remains to be seen whether the traditional series location of Kamurocho will make an appearance at all.
Yakuza 7 releases January 16, 2020 in Japan. The game will release at some point later in 2020 in North America and Europe, and although it's been confirmed for the PS4, there's no mention of a potential PC release as of right now.
In other Yakuza-related news, we recently spoke to longtime series producer Daisuke Sato at Gamescom. When asked if older Yakuza characters like Date could appear in Yakuza 7, Sato said since they're both set in the same timeline, it "would be reasonable" to expect established characters to reappear.