Like a Dragon 8 (Yakuza 8)
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New Yakuza Games Like a Dragon 8 & Like a Dragon Gaiden Announced; Original Hero Kazuma Kiryu Returns

Sega announced not one, but two new Yakuza games, Like a Dragon 8 and Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name.

Today Sega hosted a presentation at the Tokyo International Forum in Japan, which Twinfinite attended.

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On stage was studio head Masayoshi Yokoyama, who introduced Yakuza 8, which will actually be titled Like a Dragon 8 in English.

Apparently, as some may have guessed with the announcement of Like a Dragon: Ishin, the official English name of the series is now “Like a Dragon,” which is the literal translation of the Japanese title “Ryu ga Gotoku.”

We learn that Like a Dragon 8 is still an RPG like Yakuza: Like a Dragon, but the big surprise is that original hero Kazuma Kiryu is back, albeit his appearance has changed.

The new game will have a double protagonist with both Kazuma Kiryu and Ichiban Kasuga together. We also hear that Kiryu will show a new fighting style in the game.

That being said, we’ll have to wait quite a while to play Like a Dragon 8, as it will be released in 2024.

Yet, this isn’t all, as there is anoter treat toi enjoy in the meanwhile. Following the announcement of Like a Dragon 8, we also get the reveal of Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name.

This game is actually an action adventure, and will tell the story of what happened with Kazuma Kiryu between Yakuza 6 and Like a Dragon 8.

It’s coming in 2023 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam and Windows Store). it’ll be a bit more than half the size of a mainline Yakuza game, much larger than a DLC expansion.

Below you can check out the trailers for both titles.

During the same presentation, we also saw a brand new trailer of Like a Dragon: Ishin! for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.

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Proud weeb hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long-standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality), MMORPGs, and visual novels are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans on Earth of the flight simulator genre.