Yakuza’s Kazuma Kiryu is back in Like a Dragon 8 and a new spin-off

The next main Yakuza game, like a dragon 8will be released in 2024 and will feature the return of Kazuma Kiryu as one of the two protagonists, alongside Yakuza: like a dragonis Ichiban Kasuga.

Kiryu will also star in a spin-off game that will be released in 2023 called Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Blotted His Name. And yes, it looks like the name of the series in English has officially changed from Yakuza to Like a Dragon (a direct translation of its Japanese title, Ryu Ga Gotoku).

The news was revealed on Wednesday during a livestream hosted by developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studiowhich also went a bit further on Like a dragon: were!the remake of the 2014 Age of Samurai spin-off that was announced Tuesday night PlayStation Game Status flow.

Details about like a dragon 8 are light, and only a brief teaser was shown, featuring the two co-protagonists. Nonetheless, Kiryu’s drastically changed appearance, with graying hair swept across his forehead, was enough to shock viewers on Twitch.

RGG studio head Masayoshi Yokoyama said there were “many reasons” for Kiryu’s new hairstyle, but said they would remain under wraps for now. He added that like a dragon 8 would have a role-playing system similar to Yakuza: like a dragon‘s, explaining that this decision was driven by history; both games feature a lot of chat and are based on working with friends, and the RPG system and combat seemed to fit better.

Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Blotted His Name, however, will be an action-adventure game, and “about half the size” of a mainline title in the series, according to Yokoyama. It won’t be entirely linear – players will still be able to “go to town, go out and do side quests,” he said. But it will be “easy to play, not too long, not too heavy”.

The man who erased his name takes place in 2018 and is considered a companion to Yakuza: Like a dragon. It will fill in what happened to Kiryu after he disappeared at the end of Yakuza 6. A mystery trailer shows a meditative Kiryu being given some sort of contract by a stranger who calls him “codename Joryu”.

Yokoyama also showed off a new, longer trailer for Like a dragon: were!, and noted that some of the characters have changed in this remake. The original 2014 release, which never made it to the West, featured characters from the first five Yakuza games as samurai; the remake has been updated to include characters from Yakuza 0, 6and seven thus, to ensure that it is an “all-star cast” drawing inspiration from the entire series up to the present day.

Like a dragon: were! will be released on February 21, 2023, with Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Blotted His Name following later in the year and like a dragon 8 in 2024. All three games will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

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