RGG Studio Boss Explains Why Yakuza Series Has Been Retitled Like a Dragon in the West

Yakuza is a title that has change into well-known in western territories like the US, however in Japan it has historically been titled Ryu Ga Gotoku, which roughly interprets to “Like a Dragon.” Now, with the announcement of three new Like a Dragon video games, it seems that the Yakuza title is being retired for good.

In a latest roundtable interview attended by IGN, RGG Studio boss Masayoshi Yokoyama mentioned the transfer away from the Yakuza moniker, explaining that the transfer was primarily tried with Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

“In [Yakuza 7], it was Yakuza: Like A Dragon, and so we figured if we launch this recreation abruptly out of nowhere with no Yakuza in it, individuals could be like, ‘What’s this recreation? What’s occurring with this?’… The response to the Like A Dragon title appeared fairly good, so it gave us the confidence to take out “Yakuza” and simply go straight on with Like A Dragon,” Yokoyama mentioned.

Asked if there was a thematic motive behind the change, Yokoyama replied that the title does not actually make sense with video games like Ishin, which is about in the Nineteenth century.

“[S]tory-wise too, we’re speaking about prison underworld, however we’re not speaking about Yakuza, actually,” Yokoyama mentioned. “So it simply is smart for us to not embody them in the title. If we feature via the accent, we would be Yakuza: Ishin! It’s not Yakuza: Ishin! That’s not what it is about. So Like A Dragon: Ishin! makes extra sense.”

The Yakuza title is a holdover from when the PS2 model of the sequence first arrived in the US Billed as “GTA in Japan,” it was initially a flop, however later discovered recognition due to Yakuza 0. To many followers, the Yakuza title had lengthy ceased to be related, nevertheless it was entrenched sufficient that it managed to stay round.

The title change coincides with the daybreak of a new period for RGG Studio as effectively, which not too long ago noticed the departure of Toshihiro Nagoshi and several other senior leaders. With Yokoyama now absolutely in cost, RGG Studio is making ready to launch three new video games in the sequence, together with Like a Dragon 8 and a Kazuma Kiryu-focused spin-off titled Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name. In addition to the title change, RGG Studio can also be wanting into the chance of shifting the sequence to Unreal Engine 5.

The subsequent recreation due out for the sequence is Like a Dragon: Ishin, a samurai-themed remake of the spin-off set in Nineteenth-century Japan. You can learn our full impressions of the Like a Drago: Ishin right here, with a launch date set for February 2023.

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