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We obtained our first official look (that’s, our first look that did not come through screens within the background of a YouTube video) at Yakuza 8—which seems to be formally simply referred to as Like A Dragon 8 now, even within the west—throughout the Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio summit right now. Ladies and gents, Kazuma Kiryu is again and he too has made startling and dramatic choices about his hair.

The trailer would not reveal an excessive amount of. It options Kiryu and Ichiban strolling purposefully down the streets of Kamurocho as weighty voices on the fringe of listening to intone solemnly in (unsubtitled) Japanese. Eventually, Kiryu says that he and Ichiban “don’t have a choice,” to which Ichiban responds, “Guess it’s hero time!” And then, nicely, there is a close-up that reveals our beloved Kiryu has gone full DMC’s Nero together with his hair, which is now cropped quick and turned aggressively, indiscriminately white.

And that is just about all you get, at the least from the trailer. Ryu Ga Gotoku did reveal a bit bit extra concerning the game on the summit. You’ll be switching between two protagonists—Kiryu and Ichiban—this time round, and the game will proceed with the turn-based RPG fashion that the sequence adopted again in Yakuza 7, which the studio had introduced beforehand. The builders additionally famous that this might be the “largest game to date” within the sequence. To be trustworthy, I’m undecided if that prospect is attractive or terrifying.

Yaku—excuse me—Like A Dragon 8 will launch in 2024. The game continues to be very early in improvement: RGG’s Masayoshi Yokoyama mentioned on the summit that the corporate was nonetheless within the means of recording dialogue. We favored Yakuza 7 fairly a bit, however famous that it was “one of the most uneven Yakuza games in the series”. Here’s hoping the following game irons out the kinks a bit bit.