Our journey with Kazuma Kiryu has concluded, and we are now exploring SEGA’s expansive world of Yakuza through the eyes of series newcomer Ichiban Kasuga. Due for release in November 2020 on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox Series X (with a PlayStation 5 version due at a later date), Yakuza: Like a Dragon is the next major instalment in the long-running Yakuza video game franchise. Marking the commencement of Comic Con @ Home, SEGA used this opportunity to share a new game trailer (below) and share more information about the open-world action-adventure game.
Except for the very first release in the series, Yakuza games have featured only the original Japanese voice acting. The main appeal of this was that it brought authenticity to the game world, and was never a game (at least I) felt never needed an English dub to complement it. However, a new protagonist has led to a change of heart by SEGA, with Yakuza: Like a Dragon to receive a full English dub.
One notable inclusion in the game’s English voice cast is legendary actor George Takei, known for portraying characters including Hikaru Sulu (Star Trek), Yamato-san, (The Terror) and Kaito Nakamura (Heroes). Mr. Takei is taking on the role of Masumi Arakawa, a powerful patriarch whose dissolution of the Tojo Clan’s yakuza empire sets into motion the conflict at the heart of protagonist Ichiban Kasuga’s story.
The confirmed lead voice cast for Yakuza: Like a Dragon includes:
- Kaiji Tang as Ichiban Kasuga, protagonist of the story returning from 18 years spent in prison
- George Takei as Masumi Arakawa, patriarch of the Arakawa Family
- Andrew Morgado as Koichi Adachi, an ex-cop on the search for truth
- Greg Chun as Yu Nanba, downtrodden former nurse making amends with the world
- Elizabeth Maxwell as Saeko Mukoda, a bar hostess on a mission
Pre-orders for Yakuza: Like a Dragon are now open, with multiple versions available depending on your budget.
The Day Ichi Edition, available for $59.99 USD or local equivalent in digital format, includes the Legends Costume Set incorporating eight costumes representing fan-favorite figures from the Yakuza series, from Kazuma Kiryu to Daigo Dojima. A physical edition, called the Day Ichi SteelBook Edition, also includes the Legends Costume Set and comes in a SteelBook.
The Hero Edition (for $69.99 USD or local equivalent, available in digital format) includes all features from the Day Ichi Edition, as well as the Job Set, which adds two new playable jobs – the guitar-shredding Devil Rocker and the naginata-wielding Matriarch, and the Management Mode Set, which contains a wide selection of additional employees for the game’s Management Mode minigame.
Thirdly, the Legendary Hero Edition (for $89.99 USD or local equivalent, available in digital format) includes all Hero Edition content as well as the full in-game Crafting Set, Karaoke Set, Ultimate Costume Set and Stat Boost Set.
Expect to hear more about Yakuza: Like a Dragon in the months leading to launch.