If it wasn’t already clear from the recent announcements of Like a Dragon: Ishin!, Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, and Like a Dragon 8, SEGA is ditching its longtime ‘Yakuza’ moniker. . Franchise.
Of course, Yakuza games in Japan have never been called Yakuza. In its home country, Yakuza as a series is called Ryu Ga Gotoku — which is where developer RGG Studio got its name from — which, when translated into English, means a dragon. Like a dragon, then, the property has a new global name.
Yakuza itself dates back to the PS2 era, when many Japanese publishers and their western arms were always trying to westernize their products. ‘Yakuza’ fits the bill as it emphasizes the crime drama aspects of sports. Grand Theft Auto was a big deal back then too, remember.
The Yakuza name has stuck so far, and it’s honestly weird to see it go. ‘Yakuza’ as a brand has continued to grow in popularity over the years, most notably with Yakuza 0 and, more recently, Yakuza: Like a Dragon being a huge hit for SEGA outside of Japan. As a dragon does not enough It has the same ring to it – at least not yet – but the publisher will be hoping it catches on soon.
What do you do about this change? Are you sad to see Yakuza go, or is Like a Dragon a better fit for the series going forward? Be your own dragon in the comments section below.
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