The Yakuza / Like a Dragon series expands with multiple new titles coming in 2023 and 2024. As revealed at State of Play, the first of the major title by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio is Like a Dragon: Ishin, a remake of the original Yakuza: Ishin title from 2014. During Tokyo Game Show 2022, the RGG Studio Summit 2022: New Game Presentation provided more information about Like a Dragon: Ishin and future titles.
Both games in the Judgment series are finally available now on PC via Steam. Despite reports of disputes surrounding actor Takuya Kimura and a potential Judgment live-action series this past year, PC versions were released following RGG Studio Summit 2022: New Game Presentation.
The remake was initially revealed during State of Play on September 13, 2022 and more details arrived at RGG Studio Summit 2022: New Game Presentation. Like a Dragon: Ishin is rebuilt from the ground up with Unreal Engine 4, the first Unreal Engine title in the entire Yakuza / Like a Dragon series. The remake includes returning actors/characters from all prior Yakuza games. Additionally, songs from previous games return. Like a Dragon: Ishin releases February 21, 2023 across PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam.
The most unexpected title to appear from RGG Studio Summit 2022: New Game Presentation involves the returning Kazuma Kiryu. Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name details the events following Yakuza 6: The Song of Life and leading up to Like a Dragon 8, the next major game in the franchise. Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name is a “classic” Yakuza action-adventure experience. The game will not be as long as a standard Like a Dragon title, but it will be as important as one according to Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name releases in 2023 across PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam.
The sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon brings protagonists Ichiban Kasuga and Kazuma Kiryu into the biggest Yakuza / Like a Dragon game ever developed. Like a Dragon 8 features a returning RPG system from the previous mainline game and Kiryu will have his own party. Additionally, Kiryu changed his hair for a reason that will not be revealed until the time is right. The game is in active development with voice lines still being recorded. A release is expected in early 2024.
The full archived presentation is available below via the official Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio YouTube channel.