Today Sega confirmed that a new "Yakuza" title is on the way through the appearance of a new audition site for female characters in the game.
The page verifies that the new game is expected to launch on the PS4 with timed exclusivity, much like the other titles in the action-adventure series. The website also features artwork displaying the main character next to a female silhouette.
The newest entry in the franchise will feature lead character Ichiban Kasuga with no mention of past hero Kazuma Kiryu appearing. Little else is known about what will be in the new game, but, per Twinfinite, the working title “Shin Ryu Ga Gotoku” has been dropped in favor of calling the next chapter in the series “Newest Yakuza Game.”
The audition page states that women over the age of 20 and living in Japan, are being sought after to portray “main-class characters.” Apparently, these characters will be best friends of Ichiban Kasuga that will “rise up” to “fight together” with him.
There will be three stages to the audition, which will start in May and end in June. A performer announcement event will be held after the final stage.
All participants from the third screening will take part in the event which will take place in Tokyo. The announcement of the final selection results will occur at the event in July 2019, meaning that recording may be finished in soon enough for the game to ship later in the year.
Those selected will not only appear in the game but will also participate in various promotional activities related to the game.
The participants will also receive a prize of one million yen as an additional prize.
Contestants are not required to have previous experience or come from a professional agency. The deadline to send in applications is April 21, 2019.