That’s not my name!

New Yakuza spin-off game starring Kiryu Kazuma announced

Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name starring Kiryu of the Yakuza series was a surprise announcement at this week’s RGG Summit.

This week has already been fantastic for Yakuza and Judgment fans. We’ve had an unexpected remake, an expected sequel as well as long-awaited PC ports of the Judgment series.

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Kiryu returns in Like a Dragon Gaiden

The Man Who Erased His Name trailer began with Kiryu brooding at a monastery seemingly trying to live a quiet life once more. Furthermore, as the name of the game quite suggests, Kazuma Kiryu has renounced his name.

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However, that hasn’t stopped him from being tracked down and dragged back into the Yakuza way of life. Speaking of which, it’s also revealed that Kiryu is still involved with the Daidoji family from Yakuza 6: The Song of Life.

Oh, and by the way, RGG Studio and SEGA have now ditched the Yakuza name in place of “Like a Dragon” under the franchise umbrella moving forward.

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Yakuza is no more

This Yakuza game that has no Yakuza name starring Kiryu who is no longer known as Kiryu, takes place after the events of Yakuza 6, leading up to the recently announced Like a Dragon 8.

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Like a Dragon Gaiden is said to be a smaller game in comparison to other Yakuza games in the series. However, it will still retain the high-octane action-adventure gameplay and charm that we know and love.

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We can’t get enough Yakuza games!

Earlier this week, the long-awaited release of Yakuza: Ishin was announced. However, it was in the form of a remake called Like a Dragon: Ishin. Furthermore, Ichiban’s sequel has also been revealed with Like a Dragon 8.

Like a Dragon Gaiden will be released in 2023 for PC, PlayStation as well as Xbox. Are you happy to see the return of Kiryu, not Kiryu? Let us know across our social media channels.

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While you’re here, be sure to check out our video of the week. 10 of the scariest horror games of all time are shown off. What is your favourite horror game?

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Featured Image Credit: SEGA/RGG Studio