Today Sega released a new video showcasing four actresses that reached the final stage of the audition to take part in the upcoming game Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man who Erased his Name.
The video shows four of the ten finalists of the audition as they play the recently released Like a Dragon: Ishin!, providing a chance to get to know them. Their names are Sayaka Hattori, Sayaka Onuki, Kokoro Nakayama, and Ai Sayama.
The winners of the audition will play a live-action role in the game as a hostess within a cabaret club that will appear in the game. The one that will come out of the process as the overall winner will also play an undisclosed role in Like a Dragon 8.
If you haven't played the series before, you may not be aware of what a "Cabaret Club" is. It's a literal translation of the Japanese term "Kyabakura" which indicates Hostess Clubs. They're establishments often visited by businessmen in which they can pay to drink and chat with attractive ladies. These establishments have appeared in several chapters of the series, and we'll see one again in Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man who Erased his Name. Protagonist Kazuma Kiryu has been both a client and a manager of several Kyabakura and even worked as a host club (the male version intended for ladies) himself.
It's worth clarifying that while the media (mostly western) often associates Kyabakura with the sex trade, any sexual interaction with hostesses and hosts is usually strictly forbidden, at least at the workplace.
You can watch the video below.
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man who Erased his Name is coming later this year for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. It'll mark the return of protagonist Kazuma Kiryu and explain what happened between Yakuza 6: The Song of Life and the next game, Like a Dragon 8, which will see Kiryu Share the protagonist role with Yakuza: Like a Dragon hero Ichiban Kasuga and will release in 2024 for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
Recently, we saw videos showing behind-the-scenes footage of development and voice acting for Like a Dragon 8.