Even more details on the upcoming seventh mainline entry in the Yakuza series, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, have been detailed in the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu. See the below translated details from Gematsu;

Characters
Saeko Mukouda (voiced by Sumire Uesaka) – Cabaret hostess.
Kouichi Adachi (voiced by Akio Ootsuka) – A former detective. He has received an unreasonable demotion by Horinouchi, the Superintendent General of the Metropolitan Police, for revolting against him. He is working with protagonist Ichiban Kasuga to get closer to Masumi Arakawa, who holds the evidence.
Live Command RPG Battle
When a battle begins, the regular people and those wearing delinquent-like outfits on the field will transform into RPG-like enemy characters with mohawks, or be half-naked, and have weapons.
Summons
By paying money on your smartphone in battle, you can summon help. A large number of characters can be summoned, including Gary Buster Holmes, Gonda Wara, a crayfish, and more. Summons can support you in battle through attack, recovery, and more.
Play Spots
Dragon Kart – A racing game set on a course in the streets of Yokosuka. Pick up boxes to obtain weapons like a rocket launcher or Gatling gun.
Traditional Movie Theater – Ichiban Kasuga always falls asleep in the middle of a movie. This is a button-pressing (rhythm game?) where Kasuga battles the temptation of a sheep man in order to overcome that sleepiness.
PachiSlot – PachiSlot games Million God: Kamigami no Gaisen Another God Hades: Ubowareta ZEUS Ver.PachiSlot Fist of the Blue Sky: Houyuu, and PachiSlot Moujuuou: Ouja no Houkou appear. Settings do not reset when you leave the parlor, but rather change with specific timing. Machines located closer to the entrance have higher rates, which reflect the settings of real life parlors. This is the only PachiSlot simulator running on PlayStation 4

This game is becoming more and more intriguing. The mixture of RPG elements and Yakuza’s over the top style seems like a match made in heaven!

A recent development team interview also highlighted some upcoming details as well, including;

  • The total playtime will be longer than the previous Yakuza titles
  • You can level your character and party members
  • You can assign jobs to your party members
  • leveling and jobs can have an impact on the outcome of battles (just like in RPGs)
  • items can be equipped
  • Fast Travel
  • There are strong enemies that will act as barriers to harder areas

There are more details available from the interview at the following link.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon releases in North America and Europe in 2020 and in Japan on January 16, 2020.

Sources: Gematsu, Twitter

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