Sega’s Yakuza series of videogames has turned from being a niche title for PlayStation into a multi-platform phenomenon. And rightfully so. The games are known to feature great storytelling, side activities to spend time in, and catchy karaoke music. The game series has become beloved so much that it spawned an entirely separate spin-off title.
Naturally, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, the developers, have been releasing the titles at breakneck speed in recent times. However, after the successful launch of Yakuza 7, we haven’t heard much about the next numbered entry. Until now.
Recently, Japanese mixed martial artist Mikuru Asakura visited Sega’s HQ. During the visit, he captured the world’s first look at the next Yakuza game. Or just a glimpse of it (via Famitsu).
In a video which covers the visit, Asakura takes a walk through the office while chatting with Sega’s higher-ups.
Around 10:25 minutes into the video, we get a glimpse at the three main characters from Yakuza 7- Ichiban, Adachi, and Nanba, with Ichiban ditching his afro for a ponytail. Apart from these sneak peeks, there isn’t any new info regarding the next tile.
Apart from this, reports by the Japanese website Famitsu also suggest that the next game will feature a new town, with Asakura making a cameo in the game.
Ryu Ga Gotoku studio has been quiet about its developmental happenings right after studio head Nagoshi and a few other higher-ups left the company, with the new team taking over the production duties.