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The head of the development studio Yakuza spoke about the genre future of the series, the perception of Switch and a possible change of the engine

Ryu Ga Gotoku studio head and executive producer Masayoshi Yokoyama spoke to IGN about it genre, platform and technically future crime series Yakuza (Like a Dragon).

    Image source: Sega

Image source: Sega

Keep in mind that after the success of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, the future main releases of the franchise also decided to develop role-playing games. This genre will be part of the recently announced Like a Dragon 8, for example.

According to Yokoyama, going forward the series will use all gameplay mechanics that benefit the story: even if it means turning the series into entertainment for the company.

    The Only Yakuza on Nintendo - a collection of remasters of the first two games for Wii U (released in Japan only)

The Only Yakuza on Nintendo – a collection of remasters of the first two games for Wii U (released in Japan only)

All upcoming Like a Dragon will be released on PC, Xbox and PlayStation, but not on Nintendo. Yokoyama doubts the possibility and feasibility of releasing games from the series on the Switch, which in Japan is considered a prefix for the whole family and especially children.

Yokoyama understands that the Switch’s image is gradually changing at home (see the Switch version of DOOM and DOOM Eternal), so one day Sega, “may be”and publish Yakuza on this platform, but that day has yet to come.

    Nintendo Switch and Yakuza Audience

Nintendo Switch and Yakuza Audience

As far as the technical component is concerned, the games in the series have been based on the Dragon Engine since 2016. Yokoyama notes that the engine is already noticeably outdated and it’s time for a change: the team is considering moving to Unreal Engine 5.

The next release in the franchise will be the historical thriller Like a Dragon: Ishin! (Remake by Yakuza Ishin), which will be released on February 21st. Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name is also slated to premiere in 2023.

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