Yakuza 7 Details Revealed, New Location, Characters, Trailer and Features Turn-Based Combat
Finally, a load of details were revealed for Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon and to say that some of these details have split the fan-base, is an understatement. The biggy here is that Yakuza 7 is moving away from the free-flowing combat to a RPG style, turn-based combat system. You may have remembered seeing an apparent April Fools earlier this year from the developers saying that Yakuza 7 will be turn-based, well as it happens, that was no April Fools!
I find this an odd choice, as the developers have spent a long time trying to win over fans in the west with this fantastic series, so by going full-on turn-based combat is an interesting move to say the least. I will however give the game the benefit of the doubt; because I trust the developers and they’ll do what they think is best for the series. At least some can’t also the developers of not trying something different with the series, especially with this change.
In terms of story, you’ll play as Ichiban Kasuga, who is a member of a third generation Tojo Clan known as the Arakawa Family and in 2001, Ichiban was asked to take the fall for a wave of crimes by his boss, Masumi Arakawa. Being a very loyal member of the family, Ichiban took the fall and served 18 long years in prison, however, when he was finally released in 2019, no one was there to greet him and it seems that despite his sacrifice, the Arakawa family had abandoned him.
Returning to his home town of Kamurocho (the ever present location of the Yakuza series), Ichiban seeks out his boss, but he finds that not only has his beloved town changed, but so has his family. The Arakawa family turns on Ichiban and leaves him for dead, only for him to awaken from unconsciousness in Isezaki Ijincho, Yokohama, the new location of the series. The new location of Yokohama is said to be more than three times the size of Kamurocho, full of new places, characters and of course, a brand new story.
Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon (or Whereabouts of Light and Darkness in Japan) will release January 16th, 2020 in Japan and then at some other point in 2020 for Europe and Americas.
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