SEGA has announced that the Yakuza franchise will be known as Like A Dragon going forward in an effort to bring the series closer to its Japanese title.
Speaking to Digital Trends, a representative for SEGA of America commented: “I can confirm the series will be known as “Like a Dragon” moving forward to more closely align with the Japanese name.:
The Yakuza title was only adopted for western regions, as in Japan the series is known as Ryu Ga Gotoku, which when translated into English means Like A Dragon. However, the narrative has shifted away from focussing mainly on the exploits of the Japanese Yakuza, and so it makes sense that SEGA would want to rename the franchise.
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Like A Dragon fans have a lot to be excited for, with developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio working on no fewer than three new games. First up there’s Like A Dragon 8, the next major chapter in the franchise starring Kiryu and Ichiban, along with a remake of Like A Dragon: Ishin! and the Kiryu-centric spin-off Like A Dragon: The Man Who Erased His Name.
Like A Dragon 8 is scheduled for release in 2024, while Like A Dragon: Ishin! is launching on PS5, PS4, PC, Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One in February 2023. Like A Dragon: The Man Who Erased His Name is also due out next year.
[Source – DigitalTrends]