SEGA has confirmed the release date for Yakuza: Like A Dragon with the game coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 13th. This release date had leaked previously, but now we have proper confirmation. The game will be released on PS5 and Xbox Series X as well, with SEGA stating that this will be at a later date. SEGA has also released a brand new trailer for Yakuza: Like A Dragon and it is called How Will You Rise? The trailer focuses on Ichiban Kasuga, the new main protagonist of the Yakuza series, as he takes on a number of jobs.
Previously, the main cast of the game’s English dub had been revealed, including the legendary George Takei:
- Kaiji Tang as Ichiban Kasuga, protagonist of the story returning from 18 years spent in prison
- George Takei as Masumi Arakawa, patriarch of the Arakawa Family
- Andrew Morgado as Koichi Adachi, an ex-cop on the search for truth
- Greg Chun as Yu Nanba, downtrodden former nurse making amends with the world
- Elizabeth Maxwell as Saeko Mukoda, a bar hostess on a mission
Set in 2019 following the events of Yakuza 6, Yakuza: Like a Dragon follows the story of Kasuga Ichiban, a member of the formidable Tojo Clan who, much like Kiryu Kazuma, takes the fall for a crime he did not commit in order to protect the honor of his clan. When Ichiban emerges from prison almost two decades later in 2019, though, he’s found that the world has changed immensely and moved on without him. Stuck as an outsider in an unfamiliar town, he gathers a crew of unlikely allies in order to find out the truth behind what happened while he was behind bars.
The game is a pretty major departure beyond just having a new lead, with new turn-based RPG encounters. Part of the reason for this switch to an RPG battle system is that Ichiban is obsessed with Dragon Quest, and the regular thugs you run into on the street will often transform into otherwordly warriors (in Ichiban’s head, at least) once battle begins.
Source: Press Release