There was a time when PlayStation was the only platform that could play the Yakuza Like A Dragon, but in the past several years, the franchise has expanded to other systems. You can play almost every game in the mainline series on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, but if you want to watch Kiryu Kazuma punching heads, you’ll have to look elsewhere. The Nintendo Switch does not support the series.
Like a Dragon: Ishin! launches on February 2023 for PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows, and Steam!
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Despite the fact that Nintendo’s hybrid video game console is technically capable of running the Yakuza games on its hardware and could even stream them in a manner comparable to recent Resident Evil games, Ryu Ga Gotoku studio head and executive producer Masayoshi Yokoyama is hesitant to port the adult series to that system at this time. Ryu Ga Gotoku is responsible for developing the Yakuza games.
Yokoyama posed the question to the group, “Do we want to put a title like this, where we’re going about and picking a fight with the world and doing all this Yakuza stuff, on a Switch?” The developer claims that the reputation of the Nintendo Switch as a family-friendly console in Japan, where it is most popular, is in conflict with the “underground mood” that Yakuza games want to convey.
“Do we not still, to some extent, consider ourselves to be inhabitants of the night world? We don’t want to be like everyone else, just going about our day like everyone else does “Yokoyama stated. “Like, for us, it demonstrates a sense of the subterranean in some way. I believe that we want to create an atmosphere similar to that of the subterranean.”
Fans of the Yakuza have a lot of exciting underground action coming their way in the near future. The remade version of Like a Dragon: Ishin and the Yakuza spin-off Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name are both set to be released on personal computers and consoles in 2020, while the initial release of Like a Dragon 8 is not expected until 2024. RGG Studio is teaming up Ichiban Kasuga and Kiryu Kazuma for a new adventure in what the developer refers to as “the largest [Yakuza] game to date” in the long-running series of video games known as “Yakuza.” This will be the next mainline entry in the series.