Sega has released an extended version of the Yakuza 7 announcement trailer featuring English subtitles.
The PS4 game is officially titled Yakuza: Like a Dragon in the West. It will launch on January 16, 2020 in Japan, and in 2020 in the West.
Sega is billing the game as “a complete reimagining of the franchise”, which debuted in 2005.
It stars new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga, a low-level yakuza member, and centres on his crew’s attempt to rise from rags to riches.
Most of the game takes place in the area of Isezaki Ijincho in Yokohama, which is said to be over three times the size of Kamurocho, the Tokyo-inspired setting of past series entries.
The series’ combat system has also been overhauled, “combining Yakuza’s established brawling action with a turn-based RPG battle system”.
The game was first announced at a Japanese press conference in late August, when Sega chief creative officer and Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi said it will be a “watershed” moment for the series.
Nagoshi underwent heart surgery just three weeks before the reveal event.
Sega recently announced Yakuza Remastered Collection, a PS4 bundle featuring Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4 and Yakuza 5.