Like a Dragon will be the Yakuza title from now on in the West as well. The announcement of the next three video games in the saga has made it clear that the traditional name (outside of Japan) has passed away. Kotaku has contacted SEGA to find out the reasons for this decision. In a few words: the intention is to unify the title in all territories.
Like a Dragon fits “more to the Japanese name”, has responded a representative of the company. The truth is that Ryu Ga Gotoku, which also gives the studio its name, means precisely that, Like a Dragon (like a dragon). In this way, the last title to carry Yakuza in the title is the seventh installment, which in the West came out as Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
The change will not be reflected in Japan because all the games have been released under the title of Ryu Ga Gotoku. The question is whether we will get used to the new branding (old, depending on how you look at it) or whether we will continue to refer to the series as “Yakuza”. Time will tell, but in the meantime, let’s get used to the upcoming titles.
A very promising future for fans
Ryo Ga Gotoku Studio has just released the spinoff Judgment and Lost Judgment on PC, but the surprises haven’t ended here. The developers have outlined a promising future that includes three titles in a fairly short period of time. Like a Dragon: Ishin! it is the remake of the samurai game set in the Yakuza universe (okay, from Like a Dragon). It will hit the market on February 23, 2023 on PS5, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Oh, there’s more. Yes, two more games specifically. Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name -wow, he has forgotten the name as the saga-, will be starring Kazuma Kiryuthe protagonist of always, and will connect the events of the sixth installment and the next main video game, Like a Dragon 8. The first of them will be marketed in 2023 as a kind of appetizer, the prelude to the eighth chapter, scheduled for 2024.
Source | Kotaku