Along with the reveal of Like a Dragon 8, Sega announced Like a Dragon Gaiden, a side story that follows Kazuma Kiryu leading up to the next game.
A new Yakuza spin-off titled Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name has been revealed to be released in 2023. The Yakuza series has only grown in global popularity since the introduction of Yakuza 0 to a whole new audience of stories in 2017 and 2020’s Yakuza: Like a Dragon have attempted to elevate the series to even greater success, serving as both a light reboot and a great starting point. great for newbies. Now, RGG Studios has announced a game for longtime fans of the series, one that will lead directly into the events of Like a Dragon 8, Like a Dragon Gaiden.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon marks the first major role in the series to feature a new protagonist, with the studio announcing the retirement of Kazuma Kiryu with Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. While this is a great call for a light reboot of the series and the introduction of a new location, new gameplay mechanics, and new protagonist in Ichiban Kasuga, that doesn’t stop Kiryu from appearing in the series. Main story of Like A Dragon. Now, with yesterday’s announcement of Like a Dragon 8, slated for release in 2024, it’s revealed that Kiryu will be back in the main sequel with Ichiban.
While many fans are excited by this revelation, there are a few understandably confused by Sega’s decision to bring the character back as a main character after the end of Yakuza 6. Thankfully, Sega has prepared even more, announcing Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, a new side story set between the events of Yakuza 6 and Like a Dragon, which will also lead directly to Like a Dragon 8. Better yet, the game is scheduled for a multi-generational release in 2023, along with the Like a Dragon: Ishin remake being revealed.
Sega has described Like a Dragon Gaiden as a game for fans who have been attached to the story since the beginning, and they have confirmed that the game will use the action style of previous installments before the Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Sega has also confirmed that this will be a shorter installment in the series, claiming that the title will be half the size of a regular Yakuza game, similar to Ubisoft’s upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Mirage. However, they have stated that the game will have significantly more volume than this year’s Lost Judgment: The Kaito Files DLC, which takes around 7-10 hours to beat, meaning it will still be a Yakuza installment. pretty big.
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