Sega and Yakuza series developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Games have announced Yakuza 7 – a new mainline Yakuza title set for a release in 2020 here in the States on PlayStation 4.
According to Gematsu, who has a translation of the game's debut in Japan, the game is subtitled Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon here in the West, and in its home-country goes by the name Yakuza: Whereabouts of Light and Darkness.
The series is known for its ferocious street fighting, but Yakuza 7 mixes things up by layering on a "live command RPG battle" system where players select techniques with effects such as attack, recovery, support, etc. How this plays out for gamers moment-to-moment and how it combines with Yakuza's traditional gameplay will be an interesting challenge for the title.
The game introduces a new protagonist: Ichiban Kasuga – a member of the Arakawa family of the Tojo Clan who has just been released from jail after serving an 18-year sentence. Kasuga was taking the fall for a crime actually committed by a yakuza higher-up in the organization.
Instead of being greeted by a grateful boss, however, he's literally left for dead in Yokohama – a city that's apparently three times the size of Kamurocho in previous titles.