Today Sega had a couple of interesting reveals about the upcoming action game Like a Dragon: Ishin! including gameplay and a celebrity cameo.
We start with the latter, with popular cosplayer Linda Le, also known as Vampy Bit Me. She will appear in the game as a Trooper Card titled "Essence of Embrace," promising to "seduce opponents by piercing their hearts with her sword."
if you're unfamiliar with Trooper Cards, they can be assigned to the various styles and provide activable special skills that can be triggered at will. Recently, we also saw more cameos featuring wrestler Kenny Omega and actor Rahul Kohli.
You can check out the announcement trailer below.
The Japanese arm of Sega also revealed new gameplay of the Battle Dungeon feature. That's where the previous iteration of Trooper Cards was used in the original Yakuza Ishin! game, while now the system has been expanded to extend them to the whole game.
It's pretty much what it says on the tin, a dungeon you have to fight through to acquire items and bonuses with a miniboss at the end. You can see it at the 10:55 mark in the video below.
Like a Dragon: Ishin! releases on February 21, 2023 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. If you'd like to know more, you can read our hands-on preview.
In case you missed the news, this is not exactly the same game titled Ryu Ga Gotoku: Ishin! that launched exclusively on the Japanese market in 2014 for PS3 and PS4. It's actually a substantial remake similar to the Yakuza Kiwami games. In fact, the Japanese version is titled "Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin! Kiwami."
If you want to see more, you can enjoy video interviews with the voice actors that were cast for the remake in order to bring back the likeness of several popular characters from Yakuza 0, playing Takeda Kanryusai, Ito Kashitaro, and Takechi Hanpeita. We also saw a trailer about the title's many minigames and another about the "Another Life" feature.