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Sega has announced the official English title of the localized version of its upcoming Yakuza 7 game. It will be titled Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon, which is funny considering ‘Like A Dragon’ is the direct translation of the Japanese name for the Yakuza franchise, ‘Ryu Ga Gotoku’.
New trailers also showcase the gameplay combat and minigames in Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon. As recently revealed, the game will feature Final Fantasy-like summoning mechanics.
How summons will work in Yakuza 7 is that players can summon a variety of characters into battle by paying money via the in-game smartphone, including Gary Buster Holmes, Gonda Wara, a crayfish, and more. These summons will then support players during battle by attacking offensively, providing health recovery, and more.
Besides that, there will also be crazy minigames like the following:
- Dragon Kart – A racing game set on a course in the streets of Yokosuka. Pick up boxes to obtain weapons like a rocket launcher or Gatling gun.
- Traditional Movie Theater – Ichiban Kasuga always falls asleep in the middle of a movie. This is a button-pressing (rhythm game?) where Kasuga battles the temptation of a sheepman in order to overcome that sleepiness.
- PachiSlot – PachiSlot games Million God: Kamigami no Gaisen Another God Hades: Ubowareta ZEUS Ver., PachiSlot Fist of the Blue Sky: Houyuu, and PachiSlot Moujuuou: Ouja no Houkou will be playable. These are currently the only PachiSlot simulators running on the PS4.
The official description for the game reads:
“Ichiban Kasuga, a low-level yakuza member looking to prove his self-worth, and follows him and his motley crew of unlikely allies as they attempt to rise from rags to riches in this modern human drama.”
Yakuza 7 is slated to release for the PS4 on 16 January 2020 in Japan, while those living in the rest of the world will have to wait longer for a localized version of the game sometime later in 2020.
In the meantime, check out the Yakuza 7 trailers below.