Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon Roars Westward in 2020

Friday, September 13th, 2019

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Yakuza 7 | screenshot 1

Though Kazuma Kiryu’s story has ended, the world of Yakuza lives on in Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios’ upcoming Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon introduces a new main protagonist for the first time since the series’ inception over a decade ago – 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: Like a Dragon is much more than just a new chapter in the Yakuza series. Much like the new English title itself, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a complete reimagining of the franchise, a landmark to coincide with the series’ 15th anniversary. With the bulk of the game taking place in the large-scale, painstakingly-realized setting of Ijincho in Yokohama, players will explore an entirely new side of Japan never-before-seen in the series. Not only that, but Yakuza: Like a Dragon‘s combat system has undergone a major overhaul, combining Yakuza‘s established brawling action with a turn-based RPG battle system.

Actors Shinichi Tsutsumi, Ken Yasuda, and Kiichi Nakai lend their appearances and voices to the game’s main cast members, with Kazuhiro Nakaya voicing Ichiban Kasuga.

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Meet Yakuza 7‘s Characters

Yakuza 7 } Ichiban Ichiban Kasuga
Voiced by Kazuhiro Nakaya

Of the Arakawa Family
A Tojo Clan subsidiary

A low-ranking member of a low-ranking family, Kasuga is asked by his patriarch and father-figure, Masumi Arakawa, to turn himself in for a murder committed by the family captain, Jo Sawashiro.

He is released after serving 18 years in prison, only to discover that the Tojo Clan has been eradicated from Kamurocho and in its place is the Omi Alliance of Kansai – and that Masumi Arakawa may be behind all of it. Seeking the truth, he heads to meet with his former patriarch.

 

Yakuza 7 } Masumi Masumi Arakawa
Performed by Kiichi Nakai

Acting Captain of the Omi Alliance
Patriarch of the Arakawa Family

Formerly the chairman of a branch family of the Tojo Clan, he betrays his superiors by providing internal Tojo Clan intel to the police as they enact the “Kamurocho 3K Plan.”

The combination of his betrayal and police effectiveness wipes the Tojo Clan from Kamurocho, allowing the Omi Alliance to move in and grant him the rank of Acting Captain in honor of his accomplishment.

 

Yakuza 7 } Jo Jo Sawashiro
Performed by Shinichi Tsutsumi

Lieutenant of the Omi Alliance
Captain of the Arakawa Family

Well-known for his vicious nature, even while serving as captain of the Arakawa Family during its Tojo Clan days.

He despises Ichiban Kasuga, and the 18 years of prison time that Kasuga serves in his name doesn’t change that. When Masumi Arakawa becomes the Omi Alliance acting captain, he is elevated to a lieutenant.

 

Yakuza 7 } Yu Yu Nanba
Performed by Ken Yasuda

A Homeless Former Nurse

Nanba’s fall from grace was swift when he lost his nursing license for selling illegal foreign drugs. With Ichiban Kasuga near death from a gunshot, Nanba uses his medical expertise to save his life and decides to tag along on Kasuga’s journey.


The game is slated for a Jan. 16, 2020 release on PlayStation 4 in Japan, and later in the year in North America.

About Leah McDonald

Leah's been playing video games since her brother first bought an Atari back in the 1980s and has no plans to stop playing anytime soon. She enjoys almost every genre of game, with some of her favourites being Final Fantasy Tactics, Shadow of the Colossus, Suikoden II and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Leah lives on the East Coast with her husband and son.