MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura loved his tour of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, capturing footage of the varied workspaces, Sega president Haruki Satomi (he performed the tour), and even some new Yakuza screenshots. Asakura would possibly’ve inadvertently captured photos from Yakuza 8 or the Like a Dragon sequel, however with none additional context, the reality stays a thriller. You’ll be able to watch the video under.
Like a Dragon’s protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, and his pals seem in a number of screenshots. The charming hero’s afro days are behind him as he now sports activities slicked-back hair and a ponytail. Based mostly on a Famitsu report that Nibel translated (see under), Yakuza 8 takes place in a brand new location, and Mikuru Asakura makes an look.
The off-screen screenshots are the primary peak at Yakuza 8 (a part of a behind-the-scenes YouTube video)
Article states that the sport will function a brand new city; Ichiban has his hair tied again as an alternative of an afro
Additionally, it seems Mirai Asakura (MMA fighter/YouTuber) can be in Y8
— Nibel (@Nibellion) July 19, 2022
In any case, Ichiban bore his manner into our hearts in 2020. Jeff Cork reviewed Like a Dragon and mentioned:
“Like a Dragon is a departure from the video games that got here earlier than it, however I discovered these adjustments to be revitalizing. As a lot as I loved the Yakuza components, it was positively a components. Like a Dragon has sufficient acquainted parts to make it really feel like, at its coronary heart, it is a Yakuza sport. All of the whereas, I absolutely appreciated how a lot of a brand new identification this entry is establishing. Here is hoping this is step one in one more nice journey for the sequence.”
I am excited to see Ichiban’s subsequent journey, whether or not it is a numbered entry within the franchise or not.
[Source: Famitsu via VGC]