Yakuza is one of the premier Japanese video game series, and now with it taking on a turn-based combat spin from now on, the Judgement series will be the premier action series.
However, there is one game that fans have been waiting for for many years. That is Yakuza Ishin, which will now finally release in the West remade as Like A Dragon Ishin.
Previously, it was only released in Japan and never made it to the West. There were some fan translation projects but progress on them was very slow as they did not only have to change the whole game but also understand the dialect, which was difficult for translators.
Now, Like A Dragon Ishin game will be remade for modern audiences, same as Yakuza Kiwami 1 and 2. The game will be released on multiple platforms, and we can expect multiple changes to it same as those in Kiwami 1 and 2.
It is apparently built from the ground up on Unreal Engine 4 and will be the first title the studio has developed on the engine.
Other things of note are that the remake will have characters/actors returning from the previous games, and songs from previous games will return as well.
As the game is set in 1860s Japan, the weapons reflect the time period. Your main weapon is a katana, although you can also use your fists, and will also have access to very old and basic firearms. You may also use items in the environment as a means to dispatch your enemies.
The game was first revealed during last day’s State of Play in which several games were revealed including a first proper reveal of Tekken 8, Pragmata, and Nioh developer Team Ninja’s new action RPG titled Rise of the Ronin, which is currently exclusive to the PS5 on consoles but will launch on Windows. Currently, Team Ninja is also working on another action RPG titled Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, which is based on a Chinese novel and takes place during real-life events, but with Chinese folklore and mythology creatures and monsters thrown into the mix.
Another surprising reveal was Yakuza/Like A Dragon 8, which HAD NOT been hinted at anywhere, and nor did anyone expect. RGG Studio is certainly on a roll.
However, this was not the only surprising thing about it. It has been announced that the previous game’s protagonist, Ichiban, AND Kiryu will be the playable characters and protagonists in this title.
Previously, Yakuza games have had multiple protagonists but always four or more. This is the first time that a game in the series will have two protagonists.
Moreover, the series will be a traditional RPG combat game yet again like the previous game, and Kiryu will have his own party.
Yakuza 8 is currently set for release in 2024 on PS5/PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC through the Windows Store and Steam.
As if all this wasn’t enough, RGG Summit had another surprising reveal up its sleeves. This time, it’s an action RPG like the previous games in the Yakuza series, and Kiryu is the protagonist.
Titled Like A Dragon Gaiden, it takes place after Yakuza 6, and shows Kiryu’s story and perspective following up to Yakuza/Like A Dragon 8. It currently has no specific release date but is set to arrive in 2023, on PS5/PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC through the Windows Store and Steam.
With this, the RGG Summit event ended, but we were treated to another surprise by Sega‘s official Japanese account.
— セガ公式アカウント🦔 (@SEGA_OFFICIAL) September 14, 2022
Judgment and Lost Judgement PC ports have arrived on PC via Steam as the account tweeted. This was a pleasant surprise to all Yakuza fans as both Judgement games had been on consoles but were not on PC.
Judgment was first launched on PS4 however, a remastered version was later launched on all consoles and Stadia, but not PC.
The remastered version fixed many issues with the original game in addition to ramping up the visuals, such as stability and smoothness to gameplay as the game stuttered and struggled at 30 frames per second, especially during combat.
The sequel, Lost Judgement was also very well-received but it launched on consoles and Luna, but a year after release, it finally arrived on PC. The Kaito files DLC has also arrived with it.
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