Sega has released a new batch of screenshots and details of the upcoming Yakuza game Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name.
We start with a couple of images of the story, one of which you can see above and one below. We also get a summary of how the story begins.
A former legend in the yakuza world, Kazuma Kiryu fakes his death in order to protect his loved ones.
Having become an agent for the Daidoji Faction and assigned the codename "Joryu", Kiryu hunts down an illegal gold smuggling site in the Port of Yokohama.
It was supposed to be an easy assignment; little more than loose change for the organization. When he arrives, he finds several dozen Daidoji agents on standby.
Despite having reached the rank of chairman within the Tojo Clan, Kiryu has maintained a relatively low profile among his peers here. Unable to resist their provocation, he ends up violently lashing out, which only widens the gaping hole inside him.
However, at that very moment, a mysterious group shows up. The deal had gone sour. No outsider should have known about it. And amid the chaos and confusion, the shady group seems to recognize Kiryu. They mustn't be allowed to vanish into the shadows.
Though he had severed all ties to his past, Kazuma Kiryu finds himself stepping into the maelstrom of the underworld once more...
Next, we move on to the introduction of the characters, starting with Kosei Shishido, played by Yasukaze Motomiya. He's "The Watase Family's ace-in-the-hole."
The Watase Family is the most powerful group within the Omi Alliance and is led by Masaru Watase, who is next-in-line to become chairman of the alliance.
A capable lieutenant within the family, Shishido wields deadly weapons without any regard for his victims' lives. He commands authority through terror and intimidation.
Next is Yuki Tsuruno, played by Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi. He's "a yakuza sworn to the Watase Family."
Tsuruno is a captain of Watase Family and its second highest-ranking member. A bold and meticulous planner, he leads the group in the absence of its head with loyalty and tenacity.He has laid a mountain of traps to ensnare Kiryu.
We then move on to someone decidedly more friendly, Akame, played by First Summer Uka. She's "a shadowy figure who knows the ins and outs of Sotenbori."
Akame is a jack-of-all-trades based in Sotenbori, Osaka.She is deeply acquainted with the city's underbelly thanks to her Akame Network, which spans across every nook and cranny of the city.She also acts as an intermediary for a certain person, guiding them to their destination.
We then meet Homare Nishitani III, played by Kim Jaeuck. He's the "third patriarch of the Kiji clan, a direct subsidiary of the Omi Alliance."
Nishitani is a young yakuza who quickly rose up through the ranks and took over as head of the Kijin Clan.
His dashing looks betray the madness swirling beneath. He loves nothing more than to put his life on the line in a fight to the death.Within the Omi Alliance, Nishitani is an immensely influential figure on par with Watase.
Last, but not least, we meet Kihei Yanawa, played by Hiroki Tochi. He's an officer of the Daidoji Faction.
As a handler for the Daidoji Faction, Hanawa serves as the only point of contact between Kazuma Kiryu and the outside world.His interactions with Kiryu are strictly professional and lack any warmth.He shows no hesitancy in reprimanding the legendary yakuza.
Lastly, we see two locations in the game, starting with the headquarters of the Omi Alliance, Japan's largest Yakuza organization. it's about to unify Japan due to the weakening of the Tojo Clan, which used to be its nemesis.
We also see the headquarters of the Daidoji Faction, which secretly inherited the money and power that belonged to Minoru Daidoji, the "fixer of the Showa Era." They have deep tendrils in the political and business worlds.
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name is coming on November 9 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.
The game will showcase what happened to the traditional hero Kazuma Kiryu between Yakuza 6: The Song of Life and Infinite Wealth.
Recently, we saw new gameplay showcasing Kiryu's two fighting styles that will be featured in the game, on top of the first look at the character played by popular Vtuber and YouTuber Kson. You can also check out the latest trailer.
We also know that Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth will release for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC in early 2024. If you'd like to see more, you can enjoy its own latest trailer.