Yakuza: Like a Dragon marks a different direction for the series. For the past decade and a half, Yakuza has made its name as an action game series. Moving to the RPG genre posed some challenges according to Toshihiro Nagoshi from SEGA. In multiple interviews, Nagoshi elaborated on what we could see in the future of the series. Here are excerpts of those interviews courtesy of DualShockers:

Possible scenarios for future Yakuza games:

Toshihiro Nagoshi:  Making Ryu Ga Gotoku 7 into an RPG was a big challenge. For the next game, we can keep going with RPG and make something that surpasses it. We can also go back to action. We could also make a hybrid system mixing action and the new RPG system. All of these are possible scenarios.

Nagoshi’s outlook for the future of Yakuza’s combat:

Toshihiro Nagoshi: Personally speaking, I want to keep going through the same road, and see what we could improve. For example, making the battle system even more enjoyable, by adding new functionalities related to the terrain and the battles’ areas. We could also strenghten the company management mode. Things like that. But for now, I don’t wanna think about all that yet (laughs).

Yakuza: Like a Dragon is out now in Japan for PS4 and releases sometime this year in the west. Stay tuned at Final Weapon for the latest Japanese gaming news!