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Yakuza: Like a Dragon Gets Current-Gen Release Date, and a Vaguely Gestured at Next-Gen One

Whatever the case, you can just upgrade to next-gen for free.

The upcoming turn-based RPG Yakuza game Yakuza: Like a Dragon has a release date on consoles you already own, and a sort of implied one for the consoles you don’t own yet.

Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio have announced that Like a Dragon is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 13. However, the game is also coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and doesn’t have a definitive date publicly set yet. But Sega’s announcement says that Like a Dragon will be coming to Xbox Series X on its launch date, which we only know at this point is sometime in the month of November. Conversely, the PlayStation 5 version is said to be coming “at a later date.” This implies one of two things: the PlayStation 5 version is coming later than the Xbox Series X port just for an as-of-yet unknown reason, or the PlayStation 5 will launch after November 13. Does this mean that the PlayStation 5 is going to launch after the Xbox Series X and that the Xbox will launch on the weekend of the 13th? We’ll have to wait and see.

Whatever the case may be, if you decide to get Like a Dragon on your old console before you make the jump to the new ones, Sega has already confirmed the game will take advantage of systems like Microsoft’s Smart Delivery to let you upgrade to the next-gen version free of charge. This will apply to both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, and thankfully there’s no Control-esque semantics to get caught up in with this one, so you won’t need to worry about buying a specific edition of the game in order to upgrade.

Along with this announcement, Sega released a new trailer that shows off some of the game’s Jobs, which will be around this time because Like a Dragon turn-based combat rather than the beat-em-up stylings of previous games in the Yakuza series. Check it out below:

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Notably, Like a Dragon will be the first game in the Yakuza series to get an actual English dub in 15 years. The last mainline game to have English voice acting was the original back in 2005. Judgement, a spin-off released worldwide last year after coming out in Japan in 2018, debuted with an English dub. Which made sense because it was the first game in the series to come out over here after the franchise started seeing a bit of a renaissance after the launch of Yakuza 0 in 2017.

While Like a Dragon won’t star previous protagonists Kazuma Kiryu,Goro Majima, and Taiga Saejima as playable characters, they’ll be available as summons in the game’s turn-based fights. It’s not the starring role Goro Majima deserves, but he is at least still making an appearance this time around.

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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Staff Writer at Fanbyte. He still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.