Sega formally adopts the Like a Dragon moniker for Yakuza within the west
What’s in a reputation?
Final week was a biggie for Yakuza followers, as Sega and RGG Studio bombarded the neighborhood with thrilling information pertaining to not solely new titles within the dramatic RPG sequence, but in addition revealed some long-awaited information on the lost-in-translation facet sequence, Yakuza: Ishin!.. erm… Like a Dragon: Ishin!
You see, as a part of this cavalcade of sequence information, Sega additionally introduced that it’s formally adopting the “Like a Dragon” branding (a more in-depth approximation of their unique Japanese title: Ryu ga Gotoku), for all Like a Dragon/Yakuza releases going ahead. No extra titles set throughout the Yakuza universe will likely be afforded the “Yakuza” identify in any of their English localizations.
The primary recreation to sport the Like a Dragon title within the west was 2020’s Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which selected the brand new identify so as to assist distinguish it from the adventures of Kazuma Kiryu that had come earlier than. Nonetheless, with Sega’s official appropriation of the unique title, this launch will now be the ultimate recreation to bear the “Yakuza” identify. Appropriately, the identify change additionally comes at a time when RGG Studio itself is getting into a brand new period, following the departure of sequence creator Toshihiro Nagoshi.
For many who missed final week’s headlines, Sega and RGG Studio introduced a long-awaited western remake of 2014 interval journey Like a Dragon: Ishin! which is trying fairly fabulous. As well as, the builders dropped a teaser trailer for Like a Dragon 8, which can see Kazuma Kiryu and Ichiban Kasuga crew up as twin protagonists. A side-story Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Title, will depict the occasions that pressured Kiryu to return to the streets of Kamurocho.
It took the Like a Dragon franchise a really very long time to determine itself within the mainstream, and now evidently there isn’t a going again. So knuckle up, of us, there are nonetheless lots extra bicycles to smash.