The director of the Yakuza studio described the genre future of the series, the perception of Switch and the possible change of the engine

The director of the Yakuza studio described the genre future of the series, the perception of Switch

The director and executive producer, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio Masayoshi Yokoyama.

And again, after Yakuza's success: Like a Dragon, the future major issues of the franchise also decided to make role-playing games, for example, which will include the recently announced Like a Dragon 8.

According to Yokoyama, in the future the series will use any gameplay mechanics that benefit the story: even if it means turning the series into entertainment for the company.

All the closest Like a Dragon will be on the PC, Xbox, and PlayStation, but not Nintendo. Yokoyama questions the possibility and feasibility of producing a series of games on Switch, which in Japan is considered an ad for the whole family and, in particular, children.

Yokoyama realizes that the image of Switch in her home country is gradually changing, so one day Sega will release Yakuza on this platform, but this day has not yet arrived.

As for the technical content, since 2016, the series has been based on Dragon Engine. Yokoyama notes that the engine is clearly outdated and the time has come for change: the team is considering the transition to Unreal Engineering 5.

The next release in the franchise will be the historical fighter, Like a Dragon: Ishin!, which will be released on February 21, 2023, and the premiere of Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His is also expected to be released in 2023.