Yakuza: Like a Dragon is getting a playable demo, producer for the game Masayoshi Yokoyama announced in an interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu.
The interview was translated by Gematsu and includes some further details about the upcoming crime drama. Yokoyama spoke about a new “office worker” job, a class that’s exclusive to Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s female co-star. The job sees the character fighting with office supplies such as scissors and thumbtacks, which is a pretty tame level of weirdness for the Yakuza series.
Yokoyama also said that the battle system is an improved version of the one shown at TGS, and will be much more representative of the final product.
There’s no release date for the demo just yet, but considering the gangster RPG launches in Japan in January of next year, it’s probably coming soon. It’s doubtful the demo will come to the west at the same time as in Japan, as we only have a rough release date of “2020” for Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is mixing up the series staple beat-em-up combat for that of a turn-based RPG. It still has the Yakuza wackiness with flashy menus and over-the-top special attacks. The changes don’t stop there though: players now take control of a new protagonist named Ichiban Kasuga, and will instead explore the coastal city of Yokohama. Despite these massive changes, it looks like Yakuza: Like a Dragon keeps its sense of humor, and the smell of the fresh sea air might be just what the series needs to keep long-time fans interested. You can check out the announcement trailer here.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon comes to PlayStation 4 on January 16th, 2020 in Japan, and based on previous releases will most likely come around Q3 in the west. Are you optimistic about the changes to this beloved series? Let us know down in the comments.
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