The adventures of Ichiban Kasuga (and his friends) continue in Like a Dragon: Infinite Riches, the next entry in the popular Yakuza series. The 8th main part ditches the yakuza title entirely in favor of its Japanese naming convention and inherits many familiar mechanics from its acclaimed predecessor. Like a dragon (also known as Yakuza 7). Now Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio have officially announced it Like a Dragon: Infinite Riches, there is plenty to look forward to. But what do we know about the upcoming episode?
Like a dragon: Infinite Wealth release window
Like a Dragon: Infinite Riches will be released in early 2024. Sega announced two more games in the series, including Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Cleared His Name And Like a dragon: Ishin!both of which will be launched in 2023. That means you still have plenty of time until then Like a Dragon: Infinite Riches comes out.
Like a dragon: Infinite Wealth developer
Ryo Ga Gotoku Studio is the team that worked on recent Yakuza installments, including the acclaimed one Like a dragon and judgement games. This developer will also work on the upcoming version Like a Dragon: Infinite Richesas confirmed by studio director Masayoshi Yokoyama.
How works Infinite Wealth Attached to Like a dragon Gaiden?
Sega announced a side story game titled Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Cleared His Name. This game will bridge the gap in between Yakuza 6: Song of Life And Like a Dragon: Infinite Richesand will take place from the perspective of longtime protagonist Kazuma Kiryu. “Gaiden” literally means “side story” in Japanese, so the title makes sense.
Hopefully this will provide more backstory that will help provide context as Kiryu will have a role in the new main episode.
Is there a Like a Dragon: Infinite Riches Fan?
There’s a trailer, yes! Since it’s only a teaser trailer, it doesn’t contain any gameplay or story elements, but does confirm the inclusion of Ichiban Kasuga and longtime yakuza protagonist Kazuma Kiryu.
You can also check out a (Japanese only) video shared by Gaming Magazine Famitsu in July. In it, MMA fighter Mirai Asakura posted a YouTube video showing a tour of Ryo Ga Gotoku’s offices.
Asakura’s video shows developers at work Like a Dragon: Infinite Riches, including some footage of their computer monitors showing several of the game’s characters. You can see in these shots Like a Dragon: Infinite Riches Star Ichiban Kasuga with his hair tied back instead of his signature afro. The video also reveals that Mirai Asakura will appear in the game himself, showing his 3D modeling session in the studio.
Then, as part of Xbox Games Showcase 2023, Sega finally revealed Like a Dragon: Infinite Riches with a fun new trailer.
While the trailer didn’t show us much, it did give hints about the game’s new location: Hawaii. It’s unclear how Ichiban ended up there, but he seems just as shocked as we are.
What is the Like a dragon: Infinite Wealth Story?
It’s still too early to know the exact details of Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth story, but we know it will serve as a sequel Yakuza: Like a dragon. According to one IGN report (via Famitsu), Yokoyama said, “I can’t elaborate on that Yakuza 8 yet, but I can reveal that it will be a continuation of the story of 7plays a few years later.”
Yokoyama added, “The story takes place in the present of the year the game goes on sale,” which should be 2024. We know this Like a Dragon: Infinite Riches will introduce a brand new city to the series, likely Honolulu as shown in the reveal trailer.
Although the events of Yakuza: Like a dragon Packaged well, there’s plenty of room for more adventures with protagonist Ichiban Kasuga and supporting characters Yu Nanba, Koichi Adachi and Saeko Mukoda.
In fact, Kasuga’s voice actor, Kazuhiro Nakaya, revealed that Ichiban will serve as the series’ protagonist for the next decade, so it’s best to get used to him as he’ll be around for a while.
Why is it called “Like a Dragon” instead of “Yakuza”?
In Japan, the series has always been called Ryū ga Gotoku, which means “Like a Dragon” in Japanese. Even the developer is called Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. Given the series’ recent success in the west, it seems the team feels comfortable using its original Japanese name.
“Yakuza” is also a tricky marketing term, so it makes sense to use it Like a dragonwhich is a more unique search phrase.
RGG Studio also wanted to keep that Like a dragon Naming convention as many new fans started their yakuza journey with this game.
What is the Like a dragon: Infinite Wealth be gameplay?
Yakuza: Like a dragon represented a turning point for the long-running series, as it was the first entry to implement a turn-based combat system, rather than using the familiar beat ’em up mechanics of previous installments.
Like a Dragon: Infinite Riches will retain its predecessor’s turn-based system, while the Judgment series will continue to use beat ’em up combat mechanics. We also know that Ichiban Kasuga and Kazuma Kiryu will appear as playable characters in the new installment, each with their own parties that we hope will provide plenty of variety.
Like a Dragon: Infinite Riches starts in 2024.
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