Yakuza (Ryu Ga Gotoku) series Producer Toshihiro Nagoshi has been teasing the future of the series for quite a while, and today he mentioned something new during a livestream: a time frame.
Nagoshi-san teased that he’ll tentatively announce “something” about the series in two months from now, even if he did not provide further details.
This adds to what he mentioned back in May, implying that whatever is coming will probably arrive this year. It also matches with the usual pattern, that sees announcement of new Yakuza games normally coming in the late summer.
Unfortunately, what that something exactly is remains shrouded in mystery, considering that the series is definitely up for a change, due to the end of the adventures of traditional protagonist Kazuma Kiryu in Yakuza 6: The Song of Life.
Incidentally, two months from now we’ll have Gamescom in Cologne, almost immediately followed by Tokyo Game Show in September. Of course, DualShockers will be at both events, ready to report on all the things.
In the meanwhile, Yakuza fans are in for more treats in the west, with Yakuza Kiwami (the remake of the fantastic first game of the franchise) releasing in North America and Europe on August 29th, while Yakuza 6 will come early next year. If you want to see quite a bit of its gameplay, check out some PS4 Pro footage, more featuring minigames, and the sexy “live chat” feature. You can also enjoy the E3 trailers for both games here.
In the meanwhile, prequel Yakuza 0 launched to almost unanimous critical acclaim, including my own review.