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Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, a Yakuza spin-off game announced by RGG Studio – Effinate Games


In a flurry of Yakuza announcements this week, Sega has announced another game to look forward to. Titled Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, this will be a spin-off game with a plot that takes place between the events of Yakuza 6 and Yakuza 7. The plan is for this new game to bridge a gap in expectation. of Yakuza 8 (now titled Like a Dragon 8) and explain what happened to Kiryu Kazama.

The game is due for release in 2023 on all platforms, which include PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows and Steam. With gameplay in mind, this game looks to be an action-adventure with more of a spin-off feel. In the words of Masayoshi Yokoyama:

“This will be an action-adventure game. It will be about half the size of a regular Yakuza game.”

However, Yokoyama also added that there will be Yakuza elements that players have already become accustomed to featuring in this game, despite not being a more traditional RPG like the main Yakuza games. However, it was made clear that this game will act as a precursor to the events of Like a Dragon 8.

The new game, Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name (a real mouthful), was initially announced with a teaser trailer. We’ve seen the game’s main character, Kiryu Kazama, meditating in peace, while also learning that he’s taken on an assumed name. Of course, in true Yakuza fashion, things probably won’t go as peacefully as the trailer would have us believe.

It will be interesting to see if this game will fully explain how Kiryu and Ichiban come into contact, since that was one of the main parts of the reveal in the announcement of Like a Dragon 8. So the hope remains that this game will give us these answers, but we will have to wait and see.

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