Yakuza: Like a Dragon Gets New Story Trailer, Coming West in 2020

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Gets New Story Trailer, Coming West in 2020

Yakuza 7 is now Like a Dragon.

The next game in the Yakuza series has a subtitle, a story trailer, and a release window for western shores. Yakuza: Like a Dragon will come to the US in 2020, and it's already looking like a different kind of story than the Yakuza we're used to.

A new trailer, debuted last night at Tokyo Game Show 2019, shows what the setup for debut series protagonist Ichiban Kasuga's adventures in Yokohama will be. After taking the heat for a crime he didn't commit, Ichi is committed to prison for 18 years. But once he gets out, no one is there to welcome him back; in fact, it seems as though his former clanmates would prefer him dead.

It almost mirrors the setup of the first Yakuza game, but longtime series lead Kiryu Kazuma is nowhere to be found. Instead, Like a Dragon looks to center on Ichi's rise to power in the Ijincho region of Yokohama, as Ichi clashes with several factions all vying for power. The "Ijin Three," as they're called, are the masters of Yokohama: the Chinese mafia, the Seiryu clan, and an organization called "Geomijul."

The next entry in the Yakuza series looks to introduce turn-based combat, rather than the traditional brawler mechanics. But since this is a new Yakuza, with a new protagonist and new ambitions, I'm pretty excited to see what can be done with an RPG setup in this universe. It's definitely still Yakuza; at one point in the trailer, you can see Ichiban fighting someone who is driving a truck. Please, oh please, let me suplex it.

Like a Dragon is also set to be longer than other Yakuza games, and is taking some cues from classic RPG design. It's fitting that the protagonist is also, apparently, an avid fan of the Dragon Quest series. Kiryu will always have a special place in my heart, but Ichi is looking like a solid step forward for this series. We'll find out how it holds up sometime next year.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Eric Van Allen

News Editor

Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

In other news

Dicey Dungeons Had a Surprise Launch on Switch Last Night

Turns out Nintendo had another card up its sleeve. A card with, uh… with dice on it.

How Familiars.io's Creator Fit Multiplayer Monster-Taming Into a Single Tweet

Bless Twitter's Javascript embeds for letting this Pokemon-like flourish.

CD Projekt Red Is "Not Encouraging" Cyberpunk 2077 Returns, Joint-CEO Tells Investors

"We hope they'll give us a chance to improve the game on the original consoles," says Marcin Iwi?ski.

Need help?

Witcher 3: How to Start the Blood and Wine DLC and Meet Its Level Requirements

We explain how to get to Toussaint and what level you should be when you do.

Witcher 3: All the Correct Play Lines in "The Play's the Thing" Quest

We explain how to perform the Doppler's play with Priscilla, as well as whether to choose tragedy or comedy.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Mystery Gift Codes List (January 2020)

You can get free gifts in Pokemon Sword and Shield by entering certain Mystery Gift Codes. Here’s a full list of all the active codes available right now.

The Outer Worlds Shrink Ray - How to Get the Unique Shrink Ray Science Weapon

This is where you can get the Shrink Ray science weapon in The Outer Worlds, one of the unique weapons in the game.