Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio announced Lost Judgment today, but there’s also some interesting news for fans of the Yakuza franchise. The future direction of the franchise has now been tied down.
As the creators confirmed in an interview with Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Kazuki Hosokawa, future offshoots of the Yakuza series will always be turn-based role-playing games. This means that the game mechanics that were recently introduced in Yakuza: Like a Dragon last year will remain true to the future. The change in gameplay is now permanent.
“The Yakuza series has now been transformed into a turn-based RPG. On the other hand, Ryu ga Gotoku Studio has accumulated resources and know-how over the years to make eye-catching and exhilarating action games. We decided that we would like our familiar action -Gameplay in the future in Lost Judgment “, so Hosokawa.
When the series focused on protagonist Kauma Kiryu between the first and sixth part Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, the gameplay was partly like a traditional beat’em-up. With the new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga in Yakuza: Like a Dragon, these game mechanics have been fundamentally changed and the turn-based RPG approach has been dared.
Those who prefer to enjoy the action-packed offshoots will get comparable gameplay in the Lost Judgment announced today.