The Like a Dragon series–formerly Yakuza–is set to make a grand return in the near future with a new mainline entry, one that sees lovable knucklehead Ichiban Kasuga team up with the legendary Dragon of Dojima for a new adventure. Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth is the name of the game and a direct follow-up to Yakuza: Like a Dragon. We know, this naming convention is starting to get weird.
This new chapter comes hot on the heels of the Like a Dragon: Ishin remaster and the spin-off Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name that fills in a few gaps in the LAD timeline. While Sega and developer Ryu Ga Gotoku (RGG) have been keeping most of the details on the eighth mainline entry under wraps, some information has been revealed over the last couple of months since the game was officially announced. Here’s a closer look at everything that we know so far about Infinite Wealth, from its returning cast to its tease of a new tropical location.
Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth platforms and release date
RGG is aiming to launch Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth in “early 2024” for PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, and PS4.
Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth gameplay
We’ve only seen cinematic footage of Infinite Wealth so far, but the expectation here is that it’ll continue to use the turn-based RPG gameplay that was introduced in the last game. This was a massive departure from previous Yakuza games that were 3D beat-em-ups, as Like a Dragon swapped real-time action for a system that was heavily inspired by classic RPGs like Dragon Quest.
Between street brawls, you can probably expect the trademark minigames of the Yakuza series to return, an episodic structure to its main campaign, and several other activities that play out in an open-world environment.
Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth location
Yakuza games have primarily been set in Yokohama and Tokyo, but the recent Xbox Showcase trailer teased a change of scenery. Set on what appears to be a Miami beach in the US, Ichiban wakes up buck-naked and wanders around the location while English-speaking characters gawk at him. While Yakuza games in the past have had a few US and English characters pop up in Japan, this marks the first time that the series has ventured beyond the Japanese border.
Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth characters
You can’t have a Yakuza/Like a Dragon game without the Dragon of Dojima, and after a memorable cameo in the previous game, Kazuma Kiryu is sharing the spotlight with Ichiban in this outing. RGG is keeping the reasons behind Kiryu’s return a secret, but executive producer Masayoshi Yokoyama did tease during the game’s cinematic reveal in 2022 that he’ll have to deal with “all the weight of the past on his back, and the man with all the weight of the future on his back”.
Other returning characters include former nurse Yu Nanba and retired police officer Koichi Adachi, who’ll be back to lend Ichiban some muscle when he finds himself in trouble. It’s not known yet if other characters like Goro Majima, Saeko Mukoda, or Joon-gi Han will be back, but with the Yakuza series regularly pulling in characters from previous games while introducing new allies and enemies, there’s a good chance that a few familiar faces will pop up.
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