Yakuza is a beloved franchise for many gamers and Sega has announced the next installment, Yakuza 7, for 2020 release with a new protagonist and a new combat system.
For Yakuza 7, the developers have switched from beat-em-up action combat to turn-based combat system. A bold move from both Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios considering that all Yakuza games have featured beat-em-up combat system even the recent spin-off title Judgement.
Those of you who played Yakuza 6 know that Kazuma Kiryu is out of commission and Yakuza 7 features a new protagonist and a new city, Yokohama.
According to devs, Yakuza 7’s story will take place between 2000-2019. In other words, the story will span across 19 years. According to the devs, they wanted to create something new and hope that fans will welcome this change in the combat system and protagonist in the upcoming Yakuza.
Sega did Tweet the release date for the game but the Tweet has been deleted. According to the deleted Tweet, Yakuza 7 will launch on January 16, 2020, exclusively for PlayStation 4.
Also, this isn’t the only Yakuza title to launch as Sega has also announced the remastered versions of Yakuza 4, and Yakuza 5 with Yakuza 3 remastered already available.
All three of these remasters are part of the Yakuza Remastered Collection. Sega will launch Yakuza 4 remaster on October 29, 2019, while Yakuza 5 remaster will launch on February 11, 2020.
It remains to be seen if the fans of the Yakuza franchise will welcome the turn-based combat with open-arms or will just dismiss it. However, judging from fan reaction it seems that fans aren’t happy with the game’s turn-based combat system.
Also, Sega hasn’t confirmed if the upcoming Yakuza will come to PC or not. Given that a few Yakuza titles are available on PC, I am confident that Yakuza 7 will also launch for PC, probabaly at a later date.