RGG Studio, the developer behind the legendary yakuzaseries under SEGA, has with Like a Dragon: Ishin unveiled their first project, which will be released in February 2023.
Like a Dragon: Ishin sees itself as a historical action-adventure set in a fictionalized version of Kyoto in the 1860s. Ishin tells a story of how the legendary samurai era disappeared. The protagonist, Sakamoto Ryoma, is a real historical figure who is credited with overthrowing the shogunate and leading Japan into radical reformation.
“Fans will recognize our protagonist as Kazuma Kiryu from previous entries in the franchise. In Ishin, Kiryu is cast as Sakamoto Ryoma, bringing the rest of his crew with him as well. Goro Majima and other yakuza celebrities join Ryoma as friends and foes in this fictional world that trades the flashy streets of Tokyo for the chaotic bustle of 1860s Kyo. These new character dynamics are as exciting as they are unexpected, with a series of mind-blowing twists and turns in a story only RGG Studio can tell.”
On the gaming side, it promises a Swordsman style with a deadly blade, as well as a Gunman style with a revolver that also swings like a sword. Eventually, it will even be possible to smash entire skulls with your bare fists, brawler-style.
Otherwise, tigers can be summoned to maul your enemies and discover new moves in every phase of the game using the heat actions. Mini-games and in-game features are also back on board, all powered by Unreal Engine 4.
Like a Dragon: Ishin will be released in February 2023.