Yakuza: Like a Dragon Sequel in Development

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Masayoshi Yokoyama, the new Executive Producer and Director of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, has announced a sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

The announcement came amid the news of General Director Toshihiro Nagoshi leaving the studio and Sega, while new staff took up senior positions. You can find our coverage on that story here.

Yokoyama concluded his thoughts on the studio and Yakuza series’ future with confirmation that Yakuza: Like a Dragon will have a sequel, continuing the story of Ichiban Kasuga.

“Ryu Ga Gotoku’s predecessors have passed down their beliefs and know-how to each and every staff member. You can witness it in the recently released Lost Judgment and will see it in the upcoming sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon which will continue Ichiban Kasuga’s story.

This game is currently being developed by producer Sakamoto and directors Horii, Ito and Mitake. I myself along with Takeuchi and Furuta are working on the story.

Whether it’s six months or one year from now, I hope to show you a new Ryu Ga Gotoku title by a new Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio that is different but still the same, and something that will spark a feeling of “this is what we are waiting for” within you. I’d like to continue on my life as a video game creator with earnestness.

Thank you very much for your continued support.”

We previously reported how Nagoshi and producer Kazuki Hosokawa confirmed the Yakuza series would continue to be a turn-based RPG. The action gameplay the studio is known for will live on in the Judgment series, such as the upcoming Lost Judgment. Lost Judgment Director Kazuki Hosokawa had also stated in an interview that future Yakuza games may take place outside of Japan.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon is available on Windows PC (via the Microsoft Store, and Steam), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S (and Xbox Game Pass). In case you missed it, you can find our review here; we can’t recommend it enough! In fact, it was both the Niche Gamer Game of the Year 2020 (AAA), and the Niche Gamer Community Game of the Year 2020 (AAA)!

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