Yakuza: Like A Dragon Won’t Be On PS5 Until Four Months After Launch [UPDATE]

Everything else is still on track for November.

Update: Sega and RGG Studio have confirmed that owners of physical copies of Yakuza: Like A Dragon will still be able to upgrade from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5 free of charge. However, unlike the Xbox One to Xbox Series X/S upgrade, save files will not transfer over between both PlayStations. So if you’re a PlayStation player, plan accordingly.

Original story follows:

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has finally announced when Yakuza: Like A Dragon, the turn-based RPG entry in the long-running action series, is coming to PlayStation 5, and it turns out it’s a fair bit later than it will be coming to other platforms.

Through a post on its social channels, the studio confirmed Like A Dragon will launch on PlayStation 5 on March 2 of next year, a few months after the PlayStation 5’s launch on November 12. This will be long after it comes to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S, which got a slightly earlier release date alongside this news. It was originally slated to launch on November 13, but now, anyone hoping to get the game on a system other than PS5 will be able to get it three days earlier on November 10.

If you were hoping to have the game on your launch PlayStation 5, getting a PS4 copy and playing it through backwards compatibility is still an option, and will result in a free upgrade to the PS5 version when that version launches in March. However, the original Twitter post that mentions this specifically says this applies to digital owners of the game while making no such mention of any sort of upgrade for people who own physical copies of Like A Dragon. If that is the case, it would make it an outlier in this transitional period between generations, as many games, from Assassin’s Creed: ValhallaCyberpunk 2077, and Halo Infinite are letting people upgrade to the appropriate version on next-gen systems regardless of whether or not they bought them through an online storefront or have a disc copy.

Though it might just be an oversight on the side of the tweet, there have been enough weird specificities with upgrading old versions of games to new versions of games that it’s enough to give folks pause. Most infamously, Control’s next-gen upgrade was made only available to people who own the game’s Ultimate Edition package, which publisher 505 Games explained away as an issue with SKUs and being unable to make the upgrade free for people who owned all the same content just in a different package. This was later revealed to be misleading, as people who owned both the game and its season pass were briefly able to download Control: Ultimate Edition free of charge, only for it to be reverted shortly thereafter. More recently, Sony revealed there would be no upgrade plan for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered, which is only available on PlayStation 5 as part of a bundled deal with the sequel spin-off Spider-Man: Miles Morales. However, unlike 505 Games, Sony didn’t really make any attempt to justify it, so thanks for the transparency, I guess?

In other news:

Alongside the announcement, Sega and RGG Studio released new footage of Like A Dragon running specifically on PlayStation 5. The first trailer shows a dramatic scene from early in the game, and the second focuses on the turn-based combat.


Kenneth Shepard

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

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