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RGG Studio announces Like a Dragon 8 with a teaser trailer – Effinate Games


The wait is over and there is finally some fresh information about Yakuza 8. However, it looks like RGG is doing some housekeeping as the Yakuza part of the name seems to have been dropped in favor of the new title — Like a Dragon 8.

The game has been announced by executive producer Masayoshi Yokoyama with a teaser trailer at the Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio Summit via live stream. In the trailer, we managed to catch a glimpse of both Kiryu and Ichiban, who both return to star in the new game.

It is clear that the game will focus on two main characters this time, which in itself raises many questions. Fortunately, Yokoyama has expressed that “the scale of the game is really big, it’s going to be the biggest game yet.” He would go on to say that both characters will take a turn in the spotlight, saying, “the game is about Kiryu, who has his whole past on his back, and Ichiban, who has his whole future ahead of him. We felt we had to to bring Kiryu back for that theme.”

This is interesting to say the least as we are curious to see in what way they plan to bring Kiryu back as well as how much of what happened between games will be explored. The plan is for the game to be released in 2024 with multiple platforms in mind, including PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows and Steam.

While there will be a long wait until 2024, some of the older Yakuza games were made available as part of the PS Plus Game Catalog in August for Extra and Premium members, namely Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza Kiwami 2. In meanwhile, PS Plus Premium members can look forward to Yakuza 3 Remastered, Yakuza 4 Remastered and Yakuza 5 Remastered coming later this year, as well as Yakuza 6: The Song of Life for both Extra and Premium members. Plus, fans have spin-off games Like a Dragon: Ishin! and Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, due out in 2023.

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