Sega is formally killing off the Yakuza title and can name the collection Like a Dragon going ahead. That means 2020’s Yakuza: Like a Dragon will, satirically and appropriately, be the final game with Yakuza within the title. 

This follows on the announcement of Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name and a take a look at the Like a Dragon 8 trailer this week at Tokyo Games Show. The collection had been referred to as Yakuza in English releases since 2006.

The clarification was made by Sega to Kotaku’s Luke Plunkett, who advised him that the title would “more closely align with the Japanese name.”

That is sensible: In Japan, the collection has at all times been referred to as Ryu Ga Gotoku, which suggests… Like a Dragon. The studio that makes the collection can be referred to as Ryu Ga Gotoku. The branding, then, solely modifications in future Western releases. Still, count on to see the collection known as Yakuza intermittently whereas all of us get used to the swap.

No concept what all of us within the video games press are going to do about that change, although. Telling you the trivia that it was referred to as Ryu Ga Gotoku in Japan was at all times good for a free sentence in any article concerning the collection.

The collection previously often called Yakuza has seen unprecedented success previously few years, even promoting 2.8 million copies on PC alone. It’s one which Sega did not promote within the West that a lot throughout previous years, however has began to deal with as a giant launch. For Sega’s boss, that is as a result of it commits to its authentically Japanese imaginative and prescient.

That Japanese imaginative and prescient can be most likely why we’re getting a remake of Like a Dragon: Ishin!, the samurai-era Yakuza spinoff. Also why it is solely getting subtitles, not dubs: Gotta persist with that imaginative and prescient.