Yakuza 7 has finally been announced by Sega. Brace yourself! The latest entry in the series will mix things up quite a bit.
Yakuza 7 will be changing up the game’s familiar formula by introducing a brand new protagonist, setting and also a new combat system.
The game’s new lead protagonist is named Ichiban Kasuga, a Yakuza who finds himself accused of a crime he didn’t commit.
This time around the game is set in Yokohama, which the developers have promised will be roughly three times the size of Kamurocho, giving you more than enough areas to explore and get lost in.
Although the protagonist and setting have changed, the biggest and most jarring change is when it comes to the combat system. Sega has ditched the all-out brawling of the past games in favour of turn-based combat. That’s right, no more punching bad guys in the face in realtime, now it all about being strategic. It’s a radical departure from what fans are used to. The combat system is seen in action in this GAME Watch tweet.
— GAME Watch (@game_watch) August 29, 2019
The decision is bound to have some critics and fans angry but perhaps the change will be good, and mixing it up is a way for Sega to keep things fresh.
Yakuza 7 is set for release on the 16th of January in Japan, after which the western versions will be coming out sometime in 2020.