Yakuza: Like a Dragon is just a few weeks out from its North American launch, and today we've got a new look at just how wild its eclectic minigames are. On top of that, we've got a small snippet of some English language karaoke that may convince some players to switch audio tracks, if only to learn some new lyrics.
Arriving for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S or X on Nov. 10, 2020, Like a Dragon follows new series protagonist Ichiban Kasuga. Kasuga's wrapped up in the same kind of business good ol' Kazama Kiryu was, of course—Ichiban gets framed for murder, here—but he may also be way more of an oddball. He grew up playing video games and obsessed over them, a detail that feeds into Like a Dragon's turn-based RPG combat and, as this trailer demonstrates, some of the minigames players will see along the way.
From a brief glimpse of some Virtua Fighter to "business performance reports" represented by characters in tiny pixelated cars, it looks like Kasuga's fondness for gaming bleeds into Like a Dragon's mechanics in all sorts of bizarre ways. I mean, leave it to Yakuza to come up with a recycling minigame that looks like it's a cross between Mario Kart and Pac-Man.
Of course, we can expect some Yakuza staples to return as well. Karaoke is back in Like a Dragon, and this time around, we've got an English language version of "Bakamitai." Also known in some circles as the "Dame da ne" song, "Bakamitai" has become a meme with reach far beyond that of the Yakuza series. It's gotten to the point where plenty of people probably know the Japanese lyrics by heart whether they understand them or not, but hey, maybe the English version will be able to bring down the house too.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon will also be coming to the PlayStation 5, but folks buying Sony's new console will need to wait a bit longer. That version will launch on March 2, 2021, and while there will be a free upgrade from the PS4 version, save data won't carry over.
If you're planning on getting into Yakuza on PC or Xbox, right now you can play Yakuza 0 and both Yakuza Kiwami titles on Xbox Game Pass. Those will leave you with four games to go between Kiwami 2 and Like a Dragon in the timeline, but that's probably more than enough to make anyone who vibes with them into a Yakuza super-fan.