Yakuza 7 for PS4 Officially Announced and Revealed to be a Turn-Based RPG, Releasing in January 2020 in Japan
Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio published the first trailer for Yakuza 7, revealing the January release of the game in Japan.
During a press conference doubling as a fan meeting event on August 29, Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio fully unveiled the “next Yakuza PS4 game”, now officially titled Ryu Ga Gotoku 7 Hikari to Yami no Yukue, or “Yakuza 7 Where Light and Darkness Resides“. Yakuza 7 will be launching on January 16, 2020, in Japan, exclusively on PS4. A Chinese version and a Korean version will launch the same day.
The trailer, included below, shows our protagonist Kasuga Ichiban, who was already shown for years now as he’s also the protagonist of Yakuza Online. The story begins as Ichi turns himself him to pay back his debt to one of his yakuza boss. 18 years later when getting out of jail, instead of finding his old comrades waiting for him, Ichi is met with betrayal. Everyone forgot about him, and his boss now wants him dead.
In the end, Ichi decides to live his life big like an adventure, and hopes he’ll get a big happy end “like in a Dragon Quest game”. While the trailer doesn’t show it, Yakuza 7 is actually a turn-based RPG, just like the April fool’s video suggested.
Meanwhile, the PS4 remasters for Yakuza 3, 4 and 5 all got release dates in the west, with Yakuza 3’s remaster now available. A huge actress audition was also held for Yakuza 7 this year, you can read more about it here.
Sega also longly introduced Yakuza 7‘s characters, and released profiles and introductions for the actors, and an explanation of the RPG-like battle system. The staff from Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio also shared many comments on Yakuza 7 at the press conference. Stay tuned as another article covering all that, with translations of the profiles and everything, will be coming shortly.
Sega stated Yakuza 7 will release in the west later in 2020 during the conference according to Takashi Mochizuki.