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SEGA explains why the Yakuza name is dead

SEGA has explained why the “Yakuza” name is dead and why it’s been dropped in place of the Like a Dragon brand.

Last week was a fantastic time for fans of the Yakuza series. During the week of the Tokyo Game Show, we had not one, not two, but three Yakuza games announced. Furthermore, the Judgment series also finally came to PC.

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However, fans of Yakuza would have noticed that SEGA and series developers, Ryu Ga Gotoku, stopped using the “Yakuza” name. Instead, all three “Yakuza” announcements were referred to as “Like a Dragon”.

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SEGA explains why the Yakuza name is no more

Fans aren’t unfamiliar with the name Like a Dragon as after all, 2020’s instalment is called Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

However, SEGA has addressed the name change to fans of the series and explained why they came to the decision.

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Thankfully, Kotaku contacted SEGA for an explanation as to why the series will be known as Like a Dragon moving forward.

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SEGA quite simply explained that the Like a Dragon name is to make the series “more closely align with the Japanese name.

It’s certainly going to take some getting used to not calling this series by its former Yakuza brand.

Loads of Yakuza games were announced

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During Tokyo Game Show week, the long-awaited arrival of Yakuza: Ishin to the West was announced. However, it’s in the form of a remake called Like a Dragon: Ishin

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Furthermore, we also had the sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon as well as an all-new game starring Kiryu called the tongue-twisting “Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased his Name”.

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Featured Image Credit: SEGA/Source: Kotaku