The newest installment of the Yakuza series, Like a Dragon 8, was announced during the Ryu Ga Gotoku Summit on Wednesday. In addition to dialogue about its storyline, a trailer was also released as a part of the announcement.
Like a Dragon 8 Release Date
Like a Dragon 8 is set to release in 2024 for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox Series S and X, and PC. As it is still in development, a specific release date is not yet known. This news comes alongside the announcement of Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, and Like a Dragon: Ishin, which was announced during the Sony State of Play presentation, both releasing in 2023.
Like a Dragon 8 Features
Like a Dragon 8 will feature Ichiban Kasuga and Kazuma Kiryu, well-known characters from previous Yakuza installments, as protagonists. The turn-based RPG system of the first Like a Dragon game will return, and contrary to its name, Like a Dragon 8 will be the eighth installment of the mainline Yakuza series, presumably following the original Like a Dragon.
While fans are excited to see Ichiban and Kazuma join forces once again, little else about elements of the story was revealed. During the RGG Summit, the game's executive producer, Masayoshi Yokoyama, mentioned that the story's themes revolve heavily around "Kiryu who has all of his past on his back and Ichiban who has all of the future ahead of him," adding that sharing more would spoil major plot elements. With the incoming release of spin-offs, more information will surely be revealed as 2024 nears the horizon.