A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Earlier today during the special Inside Xbox event from Microsoft, Sega revealed that Yakuza: Like a Dragon will be a launch title for the next-gen Xbox Series X. Sega then outdid themselves by also announcing that this is the same date that Yakuza: Like a Dragon will be released on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and on PC via both Steam and the Windows Store.

The unfortunate part of all of this great news? We don't yet know exactly when the Xbox Series X and thus Yakuza: Like a Dragon, will be released. All we really know for sure is that it will be out later in 2020, presumably around Thanksgiving.

Physical pre-orders are actually available right now at select retailers in North America and Europe. This is for the special Day One Edition of Yakuza: Like a Dragon. What's in that special Day One Edition? Er, well, we'll find that out at a later date as well.

Equally as important as this release window announcement is word that Yakuza: Like a Dragon will support the Xbox Series X Smart Delivery system. That means you can pick up Yakuza: Like a Dragon for the Xbox One at release day. You can then pick up the Xbox Series X later on and the game will be waiting for you on the Series X for free. You can then play the game on either the Series X or the Xbox One, though I'm not really sure why you would go back to the Xbox One if you have a Series X. There is also cross-save support so you can pick up right where you left off on one console and continue on the other.

There is a new cinematic trailer for Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which you can find below. Also included below is a lengthy overview of the game as provided by Sega. Do note that the screenshots included here aren't exactly new. We saw them back in August of 2019 when the Western release was first announced by Sega.



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The Story Begins...
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is, at its core, an underdog story about fighting for what you believe in, even when you're at rock bottom. Our new main protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, a low-ranking grunt of a low-ranking yakuza family, takes the fall for a crime he didn't commit in order to protect his patriarch and father-figure, Masumi Arakawa. After serving an 18-year prison sentence, he returns to society to discover that the clan he once belonged to has been destroyed, its few remaining members are being hunted in the streets, and learns that his former patriarch may be the man responsible for it all. Facing an unimaginable sense of betrayal, loss, and confusion, he sets out to discover the truth. This is where Yakuza: Like a Dragon's story begins.

A Truly Outrageous RPG Like You've Never Seen Before
Along with the all-new cast and setting, Yakuza: Like a Dragon introduces a new dynamic RPG combat system that takes the genre somewhere it's never been before - present-day Japan. Ichiban is a diehard RPG fan, so to help him stay focused in fights, he imagines the battlefield as if he was living in one of his favorite games. In Yakuza: Like a Dragon, players will level up 19 different 'Jobs' far from traditional RPG fare - not Warriors or Mages, but Bodyguards and Musicians, with completely unique strengths and skills. Get ready to step into Ichiban's shoes and crack some skulls in style!

Welcome to the Underworld Playground
Even with so many changes, Yakuza: Like a Dragon still retains the core Yakuza experience, and a large part of that is the seemingly endless supply of hilarious minigames and substories spread throughout the city. Over 50 substories and a collection of never-before-seen minigames, as well as the return of fan-favorites like Karaoke and SEGA Arcades will ensure that players will enjoy their time in Yokohama to the fullest.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon is everything that fans know and love about the series, with several over the top twists for the next generation. Featuring an entirely-new cast of characters and taking place in the brand new and beautifully-realized setting of Yokohama, players can jump right into the drama, action, and hilarity that Yakuza is known for.

Stay tuned in the coming months for more information about the release of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, including more gameplay details, classes, skills, recruitable party members, and more players will encounter on their journey through Yakuza: Like a Dragon!