The Yakuza name is no more, as Sega plans to officially relaunch the series of crime dramas under the franchise name “Like a Dragon” — a move that will see three new ones ahead of this year’s Tokyo Game Show. It became clear with the appearance of the Games. Speaking to Digital Trends, a Sega of America representative confirmed the reason for the name change.
A representative for Sega of America told Digital Trends, “I can confirm that the series will be known as “Like a Dragon,” moving more closely to the Japanese name.”
In Japan, Sega has called the series Ryo ga Gotoku since its inception in 2005, and that phrase is also the name of developer RGG Studios. “Ryu ga gotoku” translates to “Like a Dragon” in English, but Sega decided to call the series Yakuba when the first game was brought to the West in 2006. Now that the series is more popular than ever and has moved beyond telling largely stories focused directly on the Yakuza, it makes sense for Sega to give the series a uniform title across all regions. Sega Localization Producer Scott Stricht Reveals on Twitter that 2020 Jacob: Like a dragon Foreshadowing the change by naming a chapter “Chapter 12: The End of Jacob”. Strichart is not involved in the localization of the upcoming Like a Dragon title.
I don’t know how we could have been more clear? pic.twitter.com/tc4WuU89OA
— Scott Strichart (@TriggerRedd) September 14, 2022
Three Like a Dragon Games is in the works for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. Like a Dragon: Ishino The first of them will be released, as it will launch on February 23, 2023. Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name comes later next year, while like dragon 8 The mainline chain continues into 2024.