Sega's latest Yakuza franchise game, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, will be released as a launch title for the Xbox Series X, Microsoft announced during the Xbox Series X game event on Thursday. The game will also be released on Xbox One. Yakuza: Like a Dragon was published in Japan in January for PlayStation 4. An exact release date has not been announced.
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Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a role-playing game set in Japan, following Ichiban Kasuga. Therefore, your battle system has been revamped for the new entry; no longer fighting in real time, the characters participate in turn-based combat between four characters.
Microsoft said Yakuza: Like a Dragon will support Xbox Series X Smart Delivery; players who purchase the game for Xbox One will be able to play on the new console after the release date. Players will also be able to use the cross save functionality between the two consoles.
Anyway, the Xbox Series X is expected to launch during the 2020 holiday season. Microsoft plans to release updates every month before the console. In early May, Xbox boss Phil Spencer told CNBC that the console is on schedule for its original launch window, despite the coronavirus pandemic. Spencer said the "biggest unknown" is whether game production will be affected.
About Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Anyway, Yakuza: Like a Dragon centers on a new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, and Yokohama-inspired location. The game also switches from the franchise's trademark beat 'em up battle system to turn-based RPG combat. So, it's a soft reboot, essentially designed to appeal to new fans, like Yakuza 0, a prequel released in 2015, and Judgment, a detective spin-off starring Japanese actor Takuya Kimura. (For this reason, the game is not being titled Yakuza 7 in the West.) At the moment, Xbox fans can play only Yakuza 0 and the first two Kiwami remasters. Like a Dragon, therefore, it's perfect for the X series, because it has few ties to the four (five, if you want to count the judgment) that are currently exclusive to PlayStation hardware.