Sony announced a remaster of Like a Dragon: Ishin, a formerly Japan-exclusive entry in the Yakuza series, during its recent State of Play, but Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio had even more in store during its livestream a few hours later. The team revealed that two of its games were coming to PC as well as two brand-new installments in the Yakuza series, which is now referred to as Like a Dragon worldwide, a name it has had in Japan since the beginning.
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As was rumored because of a premature listing on a ratings board, the acclaimed studio officially revealed that Judgment and its sequel Lost Judgment were coming to PC right after the show. Judgment by itself is $39.99 and Lost Judgment is $59.99, but the latter comes with a story-focused expansion. The two are in a bundle for $98.77. While ports aren’t usually a huge deal, it signals that the Judgment series can move forward since Japanese actor Takuya Kimura’s management was initially against porting these games to PC, given the nefarious things people can do with mods and the real-life character models in the game.
The core Like a Dragon series is also getting two big new entries. Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name is the first of these games and this long-winded title is about series star Kiryu and is meant to be more like a traditional action-driven Like a Dragon game, even if it won’t be quite as long as those other titles. It takes place after Yakuza 6 and is coming out on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC in 2023.
The Man Who Erased His Name looks to be a more modest entry meant to tide players over until Like a Dragon 8, the next full game in the series. After showing some of the game during a studio tour, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio released the first trailer for the game. The brief teaser has Ichiban and Kiryu teaming up and will be a turn-based RPG like Yakuza: Like a Dragon, the last main entry. Kiryu and Ichiban will also have their own parties. However, this game is still quite far off and won’t be out until early 2024 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
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And while these games will be headed to a variety of platforms, players shouldn’t expect Switch ports. Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio Head Masayoshi Yokoyama told GameSpot that the “underground feeling” of the Like a Dragon games wouldn’t jive with the softer image of the Switch in Japan.