SEGA rebrands the Yakuza games to \Like a Dragon\” for future entries”

By | 15/09/2022

Video game series

Video game series

Yakuza
Yakuza logo

The original Japanese logo, Ryū ga Gotoku (龍が如く, Like a Dragon)

International logo (tiptop); and original Japanese logo (bottom)

Genre(s) Action-adventure, crush ’em upward, role-playing
Developer(s)
  • New Entertainment R&D Dept.
  • Syn Sophia
  • Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Publisher(s)
  • Sega
  • Deep Argent
Creator(s) Toshihiro Nagoshi
Platform(s)
  • PlayStation 2
  • PlayStation three
  • PlayStation Portable
  • Wii U
  • PlayStation 4
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Serial X/Southward
  • PlayStation 5
  • Stadia
  • Amazon Luna
First release Yakuza

  • JP:
    Dec 8, 2005
  • NA:
    September five, 2006
  • Eu:
    September xv, 2006
Latest release Lost Judgment


  • WW:

    September 24, 2021


Similar a Dragon
,[Northward 1]
known outside Japan as

Yakuza

prior to 2022, is a Japanese media franchise created, endemic and published past Sega. The franchise incorporates elements of the trounce ’em up, activeness-take chances, open up world, turn-based strategy and action office-playing genres.

The storyline premise for each franchise installment is typically a crime drama, with plot lines inspired by yakuza films. The about frequently featured protagonist is Kazuma Kiryu, a reformed gangster associated with the Kanto-based Tojo Clan. While Kiryu ofttimes finds himself working with the leaders of the Tojo Clan to thwart conspiracies aimed against them, the principal theme of the series is his desire to leave the yakuza for good and get-go over by raising orphans and trying to assimilate into civilian life. The gameplay of
Yakuza
has the player controlling Kiryu (or another graphic symbol, depending on the title) in an open up world where he tin can fight random groups of punks and gangsters, accept on side missions and activities to earn feel and coin, larn new moves from non-actor characters (NPC’s), eat and beverage at various restaurants, visit hostess and cabaret clubs, arts and crafts items, and engage in a variety of mini games such as golfing, bowling, batting cages, video arcades, karaoke, and gambling games including poker, blackjack, Cee-lo, and
Koi-Koi.

The franchise has become a commercial and critical success, and equally of 2021, Sega has reported that the video game serial has sold a combined total of 17 million units in concrete and digital sales since its debut in 2005.[i]
Stiff sales of the games in its original Japanese marketplace has led to the franchise’s expansion to other media, including film adaptations.

Setting

The
Yakuza
game series is set primarily in the fictional commune of Kamurochō (神室町), which is based on Kabukichō, an actual crimson-light district of Tokyo.[2]
[three]
Other actual locations reproduced in the game series include Dotonbori and Shinsekai, Osaka (as “Sotenbori” and “Shinseicho” in-game, respectively, for
Yakuza 2,
v
and
0);[4]
[5]
[6]
Kokusai Dori [ja]
and the surrounding downtown area of Naha, Okinawa (equally “Downtown Ryukyu” in
Yakuza iii);[vii]
Nakasu, Fukuoka (as “Nagasugai” in
Yakuza five);[eight]
Susukino, Hokkaido (as “Tsukimino” in
Yakuza five);[9]
the Nishiki district of Sakae, Nagoya (equally “Kineicho” in
Yakuza 5);[ten]
Onomichi, Hiroshima (in
Yakuza six);[11]
[12]
and Isezakichō, Yokohama (as “Isezaki Ijincho” in
Yakuza: Like a Dragon).[13]
[xiv]

The appearances of the in-game districts and towns are based on their contemporary actual locations from the twelvemonth each game came out, and are often renovated and remodeled in newer games.[fifteen]
However, specific stores and buildings are often different or conduct fictionalized branding compared to their real life counterparts, replacing them with real-life product placements or plot-of import locations.

Characters

The principal protagonist of the
Yakuza
franchise is Kazuma Kiryu, who is playable in every numbered entry of the chief video game series through
Yakuza 6: The Vocal of Life. Some games, such as
Yakuza 4
and
Yakuza v, feature multiple playable characters, with players switching between them at predetermined points in the story.[xvi]
Ichiban Kasuga became the new pb character of the primary series games showtime with
Yakuza: Like a Dragon, with upwardly to six of his companions bachelor as playable characters during combat sequences, though Kiryu appeared in a non-playable chapters and became playable again in subsequent installments.

Other characters accept appeared every bit the protagonists of diverse spin-off titles. The samurai-era titles
Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan!
and
Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin!
are based around fictionalized versions of historical figures Miyamoto Musashi and Sakamoto Ryōma respectively, both of whom are modeled after Kiryu. The
Kurohyō: Ryū ga Gotoku
subseries features its own protagonist, street punk Tatsuya Ukyo, while the
Judgment
subseries follows private detective Takayuki Yagami.
Fist of the Northward Star: Lost Paradise, a video game adaptation of the manga franchise
Fist of the North Star
by Buronson and Tetsuo Hara, features some thematic links to the
Similar a Dragon
franchise, with many of its characters similar Kenshiro voiced past the same voice actors who play recurring characters in the main series games.

Gameplay

All
Yakuza
games feature a mixture of combat, story and exploration. The main grapheme randomly encounters foes on their path, triggering combat. In fights, the role player grapheme uses hand-to-hand combat, using combos, grabs, throws and finishing moves, and some games allow the histrion graphic symbol to select from and utilise multiple fighting styles. Players tin also grab nearby objects on the street to beat the enemies. Despite the emphasis on mitt-to-mitt gainsay, weapons tin can be obtained and used past grabbing weapons dropped past the enemies or purchasing them from weapon shops. Some characters, such as Goro Majima and Tatsuo Shinada, even exclusively fight enemies with their trademark weapons, which have space immovability. Winning some of these battles tin outcome in obtaining money or items which can be sold or used to purchase equipment or a multifariousness of items in shops, gamble, or play mini-games. Battles terminate quicker by finishing the enemies using powerful moves called Heat Deportment, which require the filling of the ‘Heat Judge’ to become usable. Some of these tend to include quick time events. As the actor grapheme fights, they gain experience that tin be used to increment their stats and become a stronger fighter. The 7th installment in the series,
Yakuza: Like a Dragon, includes a new battle system where the role player character recruits political party members to fight alongside them in turn-based role-playing game battles confronting enemies, and to play alongside them in mini-games. Due to its success, Sega has confirmed that future titles volition proceed to utilise turn-based gameplay, while the
Judgment
series volition retain the action gameplay of earlier titles.[17]

The series has a high number of sub-stories, which are side missions that often complement the main story.[xviii]
These give the player extra experience. At that place are many mini-games, which range from activities similar bowling, darts, and arcade games, to much more complex ones, like professions, which tin take a number of hours over the class of several sessions to complete. Examples include:

  • Coliseum Fights: where the player fights in three-round mini championships against various opponents in different challenges to earn points which tin can be spent on unique items.
  • Weapon/gear crafting: the actor needs to observe various components and blueprints to produce powerful and varied gear and weapons.
  • Cabaret Guild Management: the thespian runs a hostess club in three-minute sessions and tries to earn equally much money as possible by matching up the right girl with the right customer and quickly responding to their calls for assistance. They also take part in battles against other hostess clubs.
  • Pocket Circuit: a minigame where Pocket Circuit cars (like slot cars, but bounded past the machine’s lane and self-powered, similar to Tamiya’south Mini 4WD line of scale model cars) race against each other. In both
    Yakuza 0
    and
    Yakuza Kiwami, at that place are several race series that have place and a number of side stories relating to this minigame.
  • Hostess/Cabaret Clubs: this involves talking to hostess girls to fill out their “love” judge, too as ordering the right food/drink, buying gifts and wearing the correct accessories to please them as much as possible, until they can be taken out on a date. This was one of many aspects that was controversially cut from the western release of
    Yakuza 3, leading to criticism of Sega for ignoring western gamers’ want to feel Japanese culture.[19]
    This content was restored in the remastered version.
  • Social club Sega: a virtual recreation of the existent-life Sega arcade concatenation that features activities such as UFO catchers, darts, and playable emulations of classic Sega arcade titles such as
    Fantasy Zone
    and
    Virtua Fighter. The available games differ with each series installment.[20]

A recurring superboss known as Amon appears in about of the games. Depending on the title, in that location may be more than ane. For example,
Yakuza 5
features an Amon for each playable character, including an idol version for Haruka to face off confronting.

Development

The series originated from creator Toshihiro Nagoshi’south desire to design a game that would tell the way of life of the yakuza. Nagoshi initially struggled to greenlight the project. Portrayals of the Japanese underworld were common in manga and movies, but not in video games. Toshihiro Nagoshi brought his story for
Yakuza
to scenario supervisor Hase Seishu two years before the game started development. Seishu had been a video game histrion since the days of
Infinite Invaders, simply over the past iv or five years he had lost interest, every bit he was less concerned with 3D visuals and gameplay than he was with story.
Yakuza
defenseless his attention though, and he decided to accept the project even though it came at the busiest signal of his professional person writing career. Touching upon the game’s name, Nagoshi revealed that it was his thought: the original Japanese name
Ryū ga Gotoku
translates to “Like a Dragon”, as Nagoshi felt that dragons have a stiff prototype about them, and that when players sample it, they would, as the title suggests, get a feel for the strength and manliness of the main graphic symbol.[21]

Sega’south leadership was hesitant almost the perceived limited appeal, just eventually approved the development of the project. Sony and CERO were initially disapproving about the delineation of violence and adult material, though Sony eventually showed interest in the prospect of the game after Nagoshi persevered.[22]
[23]

Music

The three
Yakuza
original soundtrack albums are composed by Hidenori Shoji, Hideki Sakamoto
et alii
and are published by Moving ridge Master. Additional soundtrack features songs from Japanese artists Crazy Ken Band, Zeebra, Ketsumeishi and Eikichi Yazawa.

Voice cast

A
Yakuza 3
Event Mode minor character’s face is being modeled in 3D through Softimage XSI half-dozen.5 and during 3D scan the player wore a swim cap because his grapheme wears a police force peaked cap[24]

The game’s original voice actors are Japanese celebrities who encompass voice actors, singers,
tarento, film or Boob tube series actors, radio or boob tube celebrities. Cabaret girls and alike characters take featured models, gravure idols and adult actresses as vocalization actresses and likenesses. Since the 2008 spin-off
Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan!, the game series’ main characters accept their face up modeled in 3D after their vox actors. As in the
Virtua Fighter
series, Western principal and pocket-size characters do not speak in Japanese, but rather in English. Pocket-sized Chinese and Korean characters also often speak their native tongues.

The start game in the series to be released to the The states and PAL regions was dubbed in English. However, due to criticism of the English language phonation acting, each subsequent Western release through
Yakuza 6
retained the original Japanese phonation acting. Later spinoff titles such as
Fist of the Northward Star: Lost Paradise
and
Judgment
have featured dual language voiceover support. 2020’due south
Yakuza: Like A Dragon
marks the series’ kickoff mainline entry to receive an English dub since the release of the original.

The PlayStation 3 installments’ realistic character design is based on Cyberware 3D scanner, Softimage XSI 6.5 3D models[24]
and Sega’due south Magical V-Engine.

Localization changes

When the serial was internationalized and localized to fit the Western market several changes occurred. For example, the names of several characters (Shintaro Kazama is Shintaro Fuma, Akira Nishikiyama is Akira Nishiki, Futoshi Shimano is Futo Shimano, Sai no Hanaya is Kage). Prior to 2022, the series was renamed to
Yakuza
outside of Japan, although the seventh entry used its original name as a subtitle. Following the reveal of three titles at RGG Superlative 2022, SEGA confirmed plans to rebrand the series as “Like a Dragon” to more closely align with the original Japanese championship.[25]

Yakuza 4
adjusted several of these localisation changes, following criticism of the previous games, and in particular the content excised from the Western release of
Yakuza 3. Producer Noguchi noted that there was an try to “bring a more than complete localization that was more than true-blue to the source material”. This included reversing several name changes. In add-on, some conventions were changed; in previous Western localisations, protagonist Kazuma Kiryu had been referred to primarily by his given name. Beginning in
Yakuza 4, he is referred to primarily by his family proper noun, Kiryu, which more closely reflects the original dialogue.[26]

Games

As of 2020[update], the
Yakuza
series includes eight master games, released in chronological order (with the exception of the prequel
Yakuza 0), with each new installment post-obit the events of the previous title. In that location are also several spin-off titles. One,
Kenzan!, relates Kazuma Kiryu’s supposed ancestor, celebrated effigy Miyamoto Musashi from the 16th and 17th centuries; another,
Expressionless Souls, follows a zombie invasion of Kamurocho, the primary setting for the series; a PlayStation Portable spinoff serial,
Kurohyō, is about a teenage street fighter from Kamurocho that ends up in a fight where he kills a Tojo clan yakuza.[27]

With the exception of the
Kurohyō: Ryū ga Gotoku
titles, which were developed by Syn Sophia, all games were adult past Sega’s CS1 R&D team, later renamed Ryū ga Gotoku Studio.

Original release English release
Platform(s) Acquired labels
Year Title Yr Title Panel Computer Handheld Other
2005 Ryū ga Gotoku 2006 Yakuza
  • PS2
  • PS3[a]
    [b]
  • Wii U[a]
    [b]
  • PlayStation 2
    The Best
  • PlayStation 3
    The Best
    [c]
2006 Ryū ga Gotoku 2 2008 Yakuza 2
  • PS2
  • PS3[a]
    [b]
  • Wii U[a]
    [b]
  • PlayStation ii
    The All-time
  • PlayStation iii
    The Best
    [c]
2008 Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan!
  • PS3[a]
  • PlayStation iii
    The Best
2009 Ryū ga Gotoku 3 2010 Yakuza 3
  • PS3
  • PS4[b]
  • Xbox 1[b]
  • Microsoft Windows[b]
  • PlayStation 3
    The Best
2010 Ryū ga Gotoku 4: Densetsu o Tsugumono 2011 Yakuza 4
  • PS3
  • PS4[b]
  • Xbox One[b]
  • Microsoft Windows[b]
  • PlayStation iii
    The Best
Kurohyō: Ryū ga Gotoku Shinshō
  • PSP[a]
  • PlayStation Portable
    The Best
2011 Ryū ga Gotoku OF THE END 2012 Yakuza: Dead Souls
  • PS3
  • PlayStation three
    The Best
    [c]
2012 Kurohyō 2: Ryū ga Gotoku Ashura-hen
  • PSP[a]
  • PlayStation Portable
    The Best
    [c]
Ryū ga Gotoku 5: Yume Kanaeshi Mono 2015 Yakuza 5
  • PS3
  • PS4[b]
  • Xbox One[b]
  • Microsoft Windows[b]
  • PlayStation 3
    The Best
2014 Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin!
  • PS3[a]
  • PS4[a]
  • PlayStation 4
    The All-time
2015 Ryū ga Gotoku 0: Chikai no Basho 2017 Yakuza 0
  • PS3[a]
  • PS4
  • Xbox One
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Amazon Luna
  • PlayStation 4
    The Best
  • PlayStation four
    Hits
2016 Ryū ga Gotoku Kiwami Yakuza Kiwami
  • PS3[a]
  • PS4
  • Xbox One
  • Microsoft Windows
  • PlayStation 4
    The Best
  • PlayStation 4
    Hits
Ryū ga Gotoku 6: Inochi no Uta 2018 Yakuza 6: The Vocal of Life
  • PS4
  • Xbox One
  • Microsoft Windows
  • PlayStation four
    Hits
2017 Ryū ga Gotoku Kiwami two Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • PS4
  • Xbox 1
  • Microsoft Windows
  • PlayStation 4
    Hits
2018 Hokuto ga Gotoku Fist of the Due north Star: Lost Paradise
  • PS4
  • PlayStation 4
    Hits
Ryū ga Gotoku Online
  • Microsoft Windows[a]
  • iOS[a]
  • Android[a]
Gauge Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon 2019 Judgment
  • PS4
  • PS5
  • Xbox Series X/Due south
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Stadia
2020 Ryū ga Gotoku 7: Hikari to Yami no Yukue 2020 Yakuza: Similar a Dragon
  • PS4
  • Xbox One
  • PS5
  • Xbox Serial X/S
  • Microsoft Windows
2021 Lost Judgment: Sabakarezaru Kioku 2021 Lost Judgment
  • PS4
  • Xbox One
  • PS5
  • Xbox Serial 10/S
  • Microsoft Windows
2023 Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin! Kiwami 2023 Like a Dragon: Ishin!
  • PS4
  • Xbox 1
  • PS5
  • Xbox Series X/S
  • Microsoft Windows
Ryū ga Gotoku 7 Gaiden: Mei o Keshita Otoko Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Proper name
  • PS4
  • Xbox One
  • PS5
  • Xbox Series Ten/S
  • Microsoft Windows
2024 Ryū ga Gotoku 8 2024 Like a Dragon viii
  • PS4
  • Xbox One
  • PS5
  • Xbox Series X/S
  • Microsoft Windows
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  •  Remake
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Main series

Release timeline
2005 Yakuza
2006 Yakuza 2
2007
2008
2009 Yakuza 3
2010 Yakuza iv
2011
2012 Yakuza v
2013
2014
2015 Yakuza 0
2016 Yakuza Kiwami
Yakuza vi: The Vocal of Life
2017 Yakuza Kiwami 2
2018
2019
2020 Yakuza: Like a Dragon
2021
2022
2023
2024 Like a Dragon 8

The storytelling of the series is inspired past yakuza films, one of the nearly popular cinematic genres in Nippon. The stories of the first two games in the series were supervised by novelist Hase Seishu, a writer of yakuza crime fiction. The principal story in each game is presented in chapters, much like Kinji Fukasaku’s classic yakuza flick
Sympathy for the Underdog
and is expanded upon with around a hundred subplots per game. The depth this provides leads to the serial having a big cast of characters, including many which recur in pocket-size roles.[
citation needed
]


  • Yakuza
    : The first game follows the story of Kazuma Kiryu, a formerly promising
    yakuza
    who is released from a ten-year prison sentence in December 2005, having taken the fall for the murder of his family’s patriarch to protect his sworn brother, Akira Nishikiyama. He discovers that the Tojo Association, whom he was once sworn to, has had ¥10 billion (approximately U.s.$100 meg) stolen from their accounts, and the clan’south third chairman has been murdered, resulting in a power vacuum. Kiryu finds himself forced back into the savage, lawless globe of the
    yakuza, until he meets a mysterious young girl. If he can keep her alive, he merely might exist able to learn who was responsible for the missing x billion, and finally face the man he sacrificed everything for.

  • Yakuza 2
    : A year after restoring society within the Tojo Clan, Kazuma Kiryu resigns from his position as Fourth Chairman, hand-picking an old associate of his to become fifth chairman in his place. When an all-out war erupts after the fifth chairman is gunned down, Kiryu is forced to take action against an ambitious yakuza from a rival clan, the Omi Brotherhood, who seeks an all-out state of war with the Tojo Clan. The game sees Kiryu engage in cruel clashes with rival yakuza, the police, and the Korean mafia through the back alleys and neon-lit nightclubs of Tokyo and Osaka, every bit he forms new partnerships to terminate the Omi Alliance.

  • Yakuza iii
    : In March 2009, Kazuma Kiryu now runs the Forenoon Celebrity Orphanage in Okinawa, where he raises nine children, including his surrogate daughter Haruka Sawamura. When a business deal backed by members of the Tojo Clan threatens to tear down the orphanage, Kiryu travels from the beaches of Okinawa to the darkest side of Tokyo as he is pulled back to a life he thought he had left behind, coming into conflict with scheming gangsters, mysterious foreigners, and a man adamant to reshape the unabridged Tojo Clan in his image.

  • Yakuza iv
    : In March 2010, Kazuma Kiryu finds himself one time again defenseless up in events beyond his control. First, a yakuza from a syndicate allied with the Tojo Association is fatally shot past a fellow member of the clan. Then, a man investigating the murder is stabbed to death. These events spark a total-blown struggle for money, ability, and above all, laurels, in a story experienced through the eyes of 4 characters, including a loan shark with a heart of aureate, a former yakuza looking for answers, and a law detective with a knack for bending the rules.

  • Yakuza 5
    : In Dec 2012, the seventh chairman of the Omi Alliance is on his deathbed. His death would cease the difficult-won truce between the Tojo Association and the Omi Alliance, opening the door for renewed conflict. Anticipating this, the Tojo Clan is forced to strengthen their system by aligning themselves with older clans based in other major cities across Japan to create a massive new syndicate rivaling that of the Omi Alliance. This new brotherhood would alienation the sometime traditional barriers of clan territories, leading Tojo clan chairman Daigo Dojima to caput for Fukuoka. Kiryu, at present working equally a taxi driver, reluctantly returns to his old arrangement, determined to stop the old struggle between the clans for good.

  • Yakuza 0
    : In December 1988, many years earlier the original
    Yakuza, a young Kazuma Kiryu is framed for the murder of a civilian, leaving him stripped of his identify in the Tojo Clan and forcing him to rebuild his reputation from scratch. At the same time, cabaret club manager and hitman Goro Majima finds himself protecting a helpless blind girl whom he was ordered to assassinate, making him a target for defying orders. The two must each attempt to protect themselves and uncover the truth, including how both incidents are tied to the mysterious “Empty Lot”.

  • Yakuza vi
    : In 2016, after willingly spending iii years in prison for his past crimes, Kazuma Kiryu is released only to discover that his adopted girl Haruka has disappeared, after found asleep and critically injured after a hit-and-run accident. A devastated Kiryu decides to travel to Onomichi Jingaicho in Hiroshima, hoping to notice the truth behind what happened to Haruka while protecting her infant son.

  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon
    : In 2019, Ichiban Kasuga, a erstwhile member of the Tojo Association’s Arakawa Family, is released after xviii years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Expecting to be welcomed back, he instead discovers that his former patriarch has aligned himself and his family with the Omi Alliance and the police force to destroy the Tojo Association. Shot and left for dead in Yokohama by the man he looked up to as a 2d begetter, Kasuga, joined by a grouping including a homeless nurse, a disgraced cop, and a hostess who lost her employer to gang violence, sets out to uncover the truth behind his patriarch’s betrayal while becoming a hero to the outcasts of Yokohama.

Spin-offs

The first franchise spin-off,
Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan!
is set up in Kyoto during the Edo menstruum, in 1605, and follows the life of legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. The game was released in Nippon and Asia on March 6, 2008.[28]

Formerly known under the working title “Project 1000”,
Kurohyō: Ryū ga Gotoku Shinshō
is a spin-off that follows Tatsuya Ukyo, a street punk who gets into trouble with the Tojo Association later accidentally killing one of their captains. Co-adult past Syn Sophia, it was released in Japan on September 22, 2010 for the PlayStation Portable.[29]
A sequel,
Kurohyō ii: Ryū ga Gotoku Ashura hen, was released in Japan on March 22, 2012.

Yakuza: Dead Souls, known as
Ryū ga Gotoku Of The End
in Japan, is a non-catechism story set during a zombie outbreak in Kamurocho. It was initially scheduled for Japanese release on March 17, 2011,[30]
just the release was delayed to June ix, 2011 following the Tohoku convulsion on March xi, 2011.[31]
The game was later released in the west in March 2012.[32]

Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin!
is a spin-off set during Japan’southward Bakumatsu period (betwixt 1853 and 1867) that follows the adventures of samurai Sakamoto Ryōma. It was released in Japan on PlayStation iii and as a launch title for PlayStation 4 on February 22, 2014.[33]

Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise, known in Japan as
Hokuto ga Gotoku, is a spin-off for the PlayStation iv, based on the manga series
Fist of the Northward Star. The game was released in Japan on February 22, 2018,[34]
and worldwide on Oct 2, 2018.[35]
This is the first
Yakuza
championship since
Yakuza
to release with an English dub, and the kickoff overall with dual audio options. Kazuma Kiryu appears as an equippable DLC peel, while other
Yakuza
characters make minor cameo appearances.

Ryu ga Gotoku Online
is a free-to-play spin-off released on Android, iOS, and PC on Nov 21, 2018.[36]
The game features both Kazuma Kiryu and new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga.

Judgment, known in Japan every bit
Approximate Eyes: Shinigami no Yuigon, is a legal thriller set in the same world as
Yakuza, and follows private detective Takayuki Yagami, who investigates a serial murder case in Kamurocho.[37]
Information technology stars Japanese thespian Takuya Kimura. Sega released a demo of
Judgment
on the Japanese PlayStation Network. The game employs a fighting system like to the 1 from
Yakuza 0
where players can modify into unlike styles. Additionally, it features an investigation mode where the player has to find traces of the criminal. It was released for PlayStation 4 on December 13, 2018, with a Western release following in June 2019.[38]
A sequel,
Lost Judgment, was released worldwide in September 2021 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation v, Xbox I, and Xbox Series X/S.[39]
Both games in the Judgment series were released on Steam on September 14, 2022.[40]

Streets of Kamurocho
is a side scrolling trounce ’em up minigame inspired past the
Streets of Rage
series, featuring characters from the
Like a Dragon
franchise. The minigame was adult by Empty Prune Studios and was available on Microsoft Windows via Steam between October 17–19 and November 13–16, 2020, as role of Sega’southward 60th anniversary celebration.[41]
[42]

Re-releases and compilations

A high-definition remaster of the get-go ii games in the serial was released in Japan on November 1, 2012 for PlayStation 3.[43]
The loftier-definition remaster was ported to Wii U and released in Japan on August 8, 2013 nether the championship
Ryū ga Gotoku ane&2 HD for Wii U.[44]
[45]
Both versions of the compilation were but released in Japan.

Yakuza Kiwami, a remake of
Yakuza, was released in Nihon on January 21, 2016 for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation four; the PS4 version received a Western release in August 2017.[46]
The two versions were the acme two best-selling games in Japan during their release week, selling 103,256 copies for PlayStation iv and 60,427 for PlayStation 3.[47]
The game was later on released for Microsoft Windows on February 19, 2019,[48]
and for Xbox One on April 22, 2020.[49]

Yakuza Kiwami ii, a remake of
Yakuza 2, was released for the PlayStation four on December 7, 2017 in Nihon, and in North America and Europe on August 28, 2018. The game runs on the Dragon Engine, which was previously used in
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. The remake also adds new story chapters that feature Goro Majima as a playable graphic symbol, standing stories of his that were previously established in
Yakuza 0.
Kiwami 2
was released for Windows on May ix, 2019,[l]
and for Xbox Ane on July thirty, 2020.[51]

A compilation re-release, titled
The Yakuza Remastered Collection, was appear and released digitally in English-speaking territories on August 20, 2019 for the PlayStation 4. The collection contains the remastered versions of
Yakuza 3,
Yakuza 4, and
Yakuza 5, which were released in Nihon individually between 2018 and 2019. The remasters feature re-translated game scripts and include near content removed from the original English releases,[52]
though some content was removed from all versions, such as a gear up of missions in
Yakuza 3
featuring a transphobic grapheme depiction.[53]
At the fourth dimension of the collection’s launch, merely
Yakuza three
was available;
Yakuza 4
was released on October 29, 2019, and
Yakuza five
was released on February eleven, 2020. A physical release containing all three games was released alongside
Yakuza 5
with a collectible PlayStation 3 styled case for
Yakuza 5, which came out digitally in the west.[52]
The Yakuza Remastered Drove
was released for Xbox One and Microsoft Windows on January 28, 2021.[54]

Adaptations

The
Yakuza
franchise includes various types of merchandise and adaptations outside of the video games. This includes a direct-to-video movie, a feature moving-picture show, original soundtracks, official guides, Kamutai Magazines (pre-order campaign limited volume) and other licensed products such as Cropped Heads long tee shirts and parkas based on main characters tattoos,[55]
express edition PlayStation 3 console packs,[56]
[57]
Kubrick toys[58]
and action figures manufactured by Maitan.[59]

Books

Kamutai Magazine
(カムタイマガジン)
Date Game Comprehend Model(south) Ref.
Dec 2005 Yakuza Mihiro
Dec 2006 Yakuza 2 Nana Natsume
Mar 2008 Kenzan Yinling of Joytoy [60]
Feb 2009 Yakuza 3 Shizuka Mutou
Sayaka Araki
Rina Sakurai
[61]
[62]
[63]
Mar 2010 Yakuza four [64]
Sep 2010 Kurohyō Takumi Saitoh [65]
[66]
Mar 2012 Kurohyō two ? [67]
Mar 2015 Yakuza 0 ? [68]

For the Japanese and Asian marketplace releases of the original game in 2005, Sega created a pre-order campaign limited bonus item called
Kamutai Magazine, a total-color magazine which was a travel guide to the fictional in-game location of Kamurocho.[69]
The kickoff book was a monography dedicated to the game with Mai, a sub-scenario female character, as the cover girl. This grapheme’southward physical aspect was inspired by its voice thespian, Mihiro, a Japanese adult video idol.

Many of the new
Yakuza
series games since have included a new
Kamutai Magazine
issue every bit a preorder bonus in Japan, featuring a voice actress equally cover girl. Hence this Dec 2005 issue was followed by a December 2006 issue (cover daughter is Japanese AV idol Nana Natsume), a March 2008 issue (cover girl is Taiwanese model Yinling of Joytoy) and a February 2009 effect (cover girls are Shizuka Mutou, Sayaka Araki and Rina Sakurai).[61]
The fifth issue was bundled with
Ryu Ga Gotoku 4
and released in March 2010.

Original video

Takeshi Miyasaka directed an original video during the promotion period for the western release of the game which depicted Kazuma, Nishiki and Yumi growing up at the Sunflower Orphanage and leaving for Tokyo. This curt film called
Like a Dragon: Prologue
(龍が如く 〜序章〜,
ryu ga gotoku -joshou-) serve equally a prequel and gear up up the events which take place in the game.

Feature films

  • A film accommodation was released in Japanese theaters on March ii, 2007, called
    Like a Dragon: The Motion-picture show
    (龍が如く 劇場版,
    ryu ga gotoku: gekijoban). It is based on the first installment of the series and was directed by Takashi Miike. The motion picture premiered in the United states on June 23 at IFC theater.[lxx]
    American distributor Tokyo Shock, a Media Blasters affiliate, released a licensed DVD on February 23, 2010.[71]
  • On September 24, 2020, a new film adaptation of the video games was announced to be in development by Sega, 1212 Amusement and Wild Sheep Content, with Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande and Joshua Long producing.[72]

Radio dramas

Since September 2008, Japanese voice actors from the
Yakuza
serial, including Takaya Kuroda (Kazuma Kiryu) and Hidenari Ugaki (Goro Majima), are running a radio drama which is known as
Ryu Ga Gotoku Presents Kamuro-cho Radio Station
(龍が如くPresents神室町RADIOSTATION). The second season
Shin Kamuro-cho Radio Station
(新・神室町RADIOSTATION), which covers 2009~2010, is ongoing with dorsum number episodes available for download every bit podcasts.[73]
Past episodes from the 2008~2009 season,
Kamuro-cho Radio Station
(神室町RADIOSTATION), are also available as archived podcasts.[74]

Goggle box series

A television series was adapted based on the spin-off PSP title
Kurohyō: Ryū ga Gotoku Shinshō
which began ambulation on TBS on October v, 2010 and ended after 11 episodes.[75]
The serial spawned a sequel in 2012 based on the
Kurohyō 2: Ryū ga Gotoku Ashura hen
PSP game in 2011, the series also ran for eleven episodes[76]

The
Kamurocho Caba Jou TV
(神室町キャバ嬢 T 5) is a Japanese web television dedicated to the series’s cabaret girls. Main contents are audition and girls contour, but information technology can also be related to other aspect of the game series; for case book 15 focuses on its soundtrack artists. All shows, chosen “volumes”, are archived inside the spider web TV’s official website.[77]

Cultural touch on

Critical reception

The original game was heavily acclaimed in Japan for combining innovative gameplay with cinema-like storytelling and character evolution on the back of Nippon’southward criminal hugger-mugger.[104]
Weekly Famitsu gave loftier scores to the serial,
Yakuza
scored 37/40 (92.5/100),[105]
Yakuza 2
scored 38/40 (95/100),[106]
Ryū Ga Gotoku Kenzan!
scored 37/forty (92,5/100),[106]
Yakuza three
scored 38/40 (95/100)[106]
and
Yakuza four
scored 38/40 (95/100).[107]
Yakuza 5
scored (40/40) which has the highest score out of all of the
Yakuza
installments.
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
scored (39/twoscore). The western localized versions were released between 1 and iii years subsequently the originals and received generally favorable reviews.[108]

Each installment earned an excellence honour at the Japan Game Awards and had a PlayStation the Best re-release in both Japanese, Asian and Korean markets.[109]
The Japanese amusement industry gave
Yakuza 3
the “Honor for Excellence” in the 2009 Japan Game Awards “Games of the Year Sectionalization” for its “dramatic story evolution, liberty of the story and the graphics elaborated upwards to the details of the piece of work. In add-on, amusement establish in every portion of the game including the vast number of sub-stories and mini games. This piece of work was awarded the prize for the high quality of entertainment”.[110]
In 2010, the Japan Game Awards once again gave the
Yakuza
serial game the “Honor for Excellence”.
Yakuza 4
won due to “a rich story with a high degree of freedom that is developed from the unlike perspectives of the 4 characters. There are also many play spots that boast several sub-stories and mini games. The astounding quality and volume provide a high level of entertainment and was the reason for granting this laurels”.[111]

Although the narrative has frequently been praised, the poor portrayal of female characters have been noted by reviewers, with some noting that important female characters like Haruka Sawamura and Makoto Makimura are underutilized or overshadowed by the series’ singular focus on the deconstruction of toxic masculinity.[112]
[113]
[114]
[115]
Taking the criticism into consideration, evolution staff member for
Judgment
Scott Strichart said players have the opportunity to empathize with the sexism experienced past female characters like Saori Shirosaki in the English localization.[116]
Producer Daisuke Sato noted their handling of LGBT characters in
Yakuza 3
did not age well always since its release as information technology would encounter as offensive. As a consequence, when the game was remastered, the entire handling of such content was removed.[117]

Sales

The series sold 3.2 million games worldwide equally of 2009[118]
and iv million copies as of September 2010;[119]
the best sellers beingness the get-go two games which sold between 500,000 – 1 million worldwide, each winning the PlayStation Gold Honor.[120]
Yakuza three
sold 500,000 copies in the Asian markets as of 2010, as well winning SCEJ’south PlayStation Gold Award.[118]
Notwithstanding, after
Yakuza iv, Sega said that sales were slow in North America and Europe due to “the adverse market place condition”, noting “sluggish personal consumption” in those regions.[121]

By June 2015, the entire series sold over vii meg units worldwide.[122]
Every bit of 2021, the series has sold over 17 million copies.[1]

Virtual tourism

Some fans have been inspired by the
Yakuza
game serial to visit their real-world counterparts.[123]
[124]
One reviewer praised the detailed recreation of specific districts, including “trivial, incidental stuff”, that enables virtual exploration of real-life locations.[125]
Although non explicitly marketed every bit “virtual tourism”, another reviewer noted “Yakuza
still gives you the all-time opportunity to really get engaged with a country and its people that I tin can think of. … [It] has go a connexion to a country I love very much, not because of the sights it shows me, but for all the boring things information technology lets me practise”.[126]

Net meme

In 2020, an internet meme emerged utilizing deepfakes to generate videos of people and fictional characters singing the chorus of “Baka Mitai”
(
ばかみたい
, lit. “I’ve Been a Fool”)
, a song which start appears in the karaoke minigame of
Yakuza 5. Nearly iterations of this meme utilise a 2017 video uploaded by user Dobbysrules, who lip syncs the Taxi Driver (Yakuza 5
(Kiryu) /
Yakuza 0) version of the song, as a template.[127]
[128]

Notes


  1. ^

    Japanese:
    龍が如く, Hepburn:

    Ryū ga Gotoku

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External links

  • Official website
  • Official website
    (in Japanese)
  • Official web log
    (in Japanese)



Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakuza_(franchise)