Dammit. Just two months ago, I asked Sega, very cool, if she could think about giving Yakuza historical game series returns to the west. Now, today, Sega just went and announced that one of them is indeed on the way and has been reworked to boot to modern hardware.
Like a Dragon: Ishin! began in 1867, the year of the Meiji Restoration and the fall of the Shogunate. Although this seems to be set in the past and everyone has different names, a large number of characters are taken from modern times Yakuza title, right down to the playable star
Kazuma Kiryu Sakomoto Ryoma.
The official description of the game says:
Like a Dragon: Ishin is an action-adventure historical horror film set solely in the 1860s by Kyo, a fictionalized version of Kyoto. While other games tell earlier stories in Japanese history, Ishin lets you experience the story of how the iconic samurai era is gone. Our hero, Sakamoto Ryoma, is a real historical figure, largely credited with overthrowing the shogunate and bringing Japan into a radical reform.
Like a Dragon: Ishin brings familiar faces to tell this epic historical tale. Fans will recognize our protagonist as Kazuma Kiryu from previous entries in the franchise. In Ishin, Kiryu was cast as Sakamoto Ryoma and brought the rest of his crew with him. Goro Majima and other Yakuza celebrities join Ryoma as friend and foe in this fictional world that trades the glitzy streets of Tokyo for the chaotic bustle of 1860s Kyo. The dynamics of this new character are also surprisingly thrilling, with a series of mind-blowing jumbles in a story that only studio RGG can tell.
What’s very interesting here is that we’re not just getting the game, we’re doing it again; the original came out in 2014, so the RGG devs rebuilt the whole thing in Unreal Engine 4, which explains why the cutscenes in particular here look so much better than what you see. expect for an eight year old Yakuza game:
Ishin! Coming to PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One and PC in February 2023.