Yakuza: Like a Dragon An Xbox Series X Launch Title

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The highly-anticipated Yakuza: Like a Dragon, the seventh mainline title in Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s legendary series, is heading West on multiple platforms, including as a launch title for the Xbox Series X.

Like a Dragon will support the Xbox Series X Smart Delivery upon release, ensuring players only have to buy the game once to play it on either Xbox One or the Xbox Series X console. Cross-save functionality is also supported between the consoles.

Day One Edition physical pre-orders are currently available at select retailers in North America and Europe, with more details to be released at a later date.

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon is, at its core, an underdog story about fighting for what you believe in, even when you’re at rock bottom. New main protagonist Ichiban Kasuga, a low-ranking grunt of a low-ranking yakuza family, takes the fall for a crime he didn’t commit in order to protect his patriarch and father-figure, Masumi Arakawa. After serving an 18-year prison sentence, he returns to society to discover that the clan he once belonged to has been destroyed, its few remaining members are being hunted in the streets, and learns that his former patriarch may be the man responsible for it all. Facing an unimaginable sense of betrayal, loss, and confusion, he sets out to discover the truth. This is where Yakuza: Like a Dragon‘s story begins.

Unlike previous entries in the Yakuza series, Like a Dragon eschews the brawler-style combat for a dynamic RPG system set firmly in present-day Japan. Ichiban is a diehard RPG fan, so to help him stay focused in fights, he imagines the battlefield as if he was living in one of his favorite games. Players will level up 19 different ‘Jobs’ far from traditional RPG fare – not Warriors or Mages, but Bodyguards and Musicians, with completely unique strengths and skills.

Even with so many changes, Yakuza: Like a Dragon still retains the core Yakuza experience, and a large part of that is the seemingly endless supply of hilarious minigames and substories spread throughout the city. More than 50 substories and a collection of never-before-seen minigames, as well as the return of fan-favorites like Karaoke and SEGA Arcades will ensure that players will enjoy their time in Yokohama to the fullest.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon will be available as simultaneous release on Xbox One X, Windows 10 PC, PlayStation 4, and Steam. A release date has not yet been announced.

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.