SEGA has released some brand new information for Yakuza: Like a Dragon showcasing two new activities to the series! Company Management is activity where Ichiban can raise a ton of money, similar to Kiryu’s Real Estate Management in Yakuza 0.
At a certain point in the game, Ichiban attempts to revive a small company called “Number One Confectionery”. The company is on the verge of shutting down and its up to Ichiban to raise money/stock value, beat rival companies and become the top business in Yokohama.
The president of Number One Confectionery is Eri Kamataki, the previously mentioned heroine contest winner for Yakuza 7. Ichiban finds her collapsed and nurses her back to health which leads them on the mission to save the company.
Ichiban will manage personnel, property, funds and activities as the new president of the company. Sales vary with property potential and employee abilities. Players who played through the Real Estate Management activity of Yakuza 0 might be familiar with this sort of activity. Yes, a chicken is able to become an employee as well!
At times, shareholder meetings will be held. These are mini-games where Ichiban will need to persuade shareholders in debates and Q&A sessions. Increasing the shareholder approval rating and majority support will result in success. The shareholder meetings are held with real time Q&A battles with speech bubble attacks and chaos, so Ichiban must be ready for the task at hand.
In addition, company employees may help with rebuttal attacks. Ichiban is able to knock shareholders’ HP bars down to zero and render them unable to argue. Once that happens, Ichiban gains the upper hand. Counter chances and the Extreme Apology Skill will ensure his victory.
Ichiban will earn spending money from his endeavors and with that, he is able to forge and upgrade weapons! Sumire is in charge of the Romance Factory in Yokohama, the place where Ichiban may spend money to gain stronger equipment.
Materials are needed to forge/upgrade weapons, which may be found around Yokohama. The stronger the equipment, the more money and materials Ichiban will need.
Yakuza 7 releases on January 16th 2020 for PS4 in Japan. Lastly, Yakuza 7 releases in the west as Yakuza: Like a Dragon sometime in 2020. Stay tuned at Final Weapon for the latest Japanese gaming news!