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Yakuza 7 will be a turn-based RPG

Sega makes a surprising change to the main Yakuza series

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Sega officially revealed the next game in its Yakuza action game franchise on Thursday and delivered a surprising twist: Yakuza 7 is ditching beat-’em-up action for turn-based role-playing game mechanics.

Yakuza 7: Whereabouts of Light and Darkness, as it’s known in Japan, will bring with it other big changes. The main protagonist is Ichiban Kasuga, a yakuza who spends 18 years in prison after taking the fall for his boss’ crimes. After being abandoned by his clan — and after his boss, Masumi Arakawa, attempts to murder him — Kasuga finds himself in Yokohama, the setting of Yakuza 7.

You can watch the Japanese-language trailer for Yakuza 7 above. Below, a peek at the new combat system:

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio/Sega

(Amusingly, Sega first showed off Yakuza 7’s turn-based battles back in April, in what was widely assumed to be an April Fool’s Day joke.)

Yakuza 7 is coming to PlayStation 4 in Japan on Jan. 16, 2020. A Western release, under the name Yakuza: Like A Dragon, is set for later in 2020.

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