Update [11:28 a.m. PT]: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, the developer of the Yakuza series, has clarified the PS4-to-PS5 upgrade situation. In a tweet, the studio confirmed physical owners will be able to upgrade to the PS5 version when it launches on March 2, 2021. Save data, however, will not be transferable between PS4 and PS5 versions of the game.
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The next Yakuza is coming to PlayStation 5 a bit after other platforms. Today, Sega confirmed the release date of Yakuza: Like a Dragon's PS5 version will be March 2, 2021.
This is several months after the regular release date for other platforms. Owners of an Xbox Series X or S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or PC will be able to play Yakuza: Like a Dragon on Nov. 10, 2020, the launch date of Xbox's next generation of consoles. PS5 owners, meanwhile, will be waiting.
Though it will be delayed by a bit, Sega confirmed that Yakuza: Like a Dragon will have a free upgrade path for previous-gen owners on both PlayStation and Xbox. If you pick up the digital PS4 version in November, you'll be able to download the PS5 version when it launches in March for no extra cost. Otherwise, Yakuza: Like a Dragon will retail for $59.99 on next-gen consoles, so it looks like it won't be one of the games receiving a next-gen price bump.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a new Yakuza game, utilizing an RPG combat system and a brand-new protagonist. It follows Ichiban Kasuga, who took the fall for a murder he didn't commit, after his release. Despite the new step forward for the franchise, there are some returning faces for the Yakuza series as a whole. I mean, can you really have a Yakuza game nowadays without Majima Goro popping out of random places?
Yakuza: Like a Dragon hits Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, PS4, and PC on Nov. 10, 2020. The PS5 version will arrive next year on March 2, 2021.