Today's issue of Weekly Famitsu included a spread on Ryu Ga Gotoku 7: Whereabouts of Light and Darkness, which will come west titled Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
I don't like that name. Yakuza: like a Dragon I would have prefer Yakuza 7 instead.
I hope they call it Yakuza 7 in the west.
The name comes from the title Ryu Ga Gotoku, which was changed to Yakuza for western releases. Ryu Ga Gotoku means "Like a dragon" and that is what all of the "Yakuza" games are called in Japan. They have no idea that in the West they are called Yakuza. In fact, they even think it's weird, because there are Kenzan and Ishin games which have nothing to do with the mafia itself. This is probably one of the reasons why they weren't released in the West. The interesting part in the article's photo is the Japanese text where the make of the series describes himself being a fan of the original Dragon Quest games where he felt like a hero. He goes to explain that he wants to express a similar feeling in the Shin Ryu Ga Gotoku (New Like A Dragon, which is also the series post-Kiryu name of the) game. That's where the turn-based combat also comes from.
I doubt the name had anything to do with it not coming to the west. I also doubt that the developers didn't know the game was localized in the western under a different name. I mean, maybe not a first but they certainly must have heard about it not too long after the western release at minimum (and for all we know they were involved in the selection of the localized name in some capacity, localization teams DO work with original dev teams a lot of the time). I have heard some grumblings lately that ishin may actually find its way west which is great news if true. Back on topic with what everyone else is saying, I actually am going to disagree and say I prefer that this title be considered more of a spin-off than a main line. Nothing against them using the turn based approach for the game (generally I am a fan of turn based rpgs) but it isn't really true to the core yakuza series. By all means I think the dev is entitled and even possibly should branch out into different places, but it makes more sense to me that it stand as a new line of titles rather than being considered the 7th entry in an ongoing lineage despite its intentional deviation.
@veicht The developers knew, but Japanese people always laugh when I tell them Ryu Ga Gotoku series is called Yakuza, and wonder why, because it's a story about so much more. I'm very much on board with this more mature (plus the crazy humor) type of a Dragon Quest inspired Persona 5 Tokyo Dweller experience now that it is a turn-based RPG. However, I'm not entirely sure about Ichi's background. Maybe a bit more smart and normal type of a person in the Japanese society would have been my type, however, I am intrigued about the "How to integrate into a society after being more than a dozen years in prison" -theme. (Off topic: To me they are a bit heavy though, because I really don't want to play them in English, and sometimes the Japanese is just so difficult when they speak super rough slang or use complicated business terms, and particularly when they use the game-invented words. I can get through it, just takes a bit more time, and I do learn the language from many new angles every time I play a their games. Also, sometimes it's a bit too melodramatic. I liked Shenmue's way of being more spiritual and philosophical compared to Ryu Ga Gotoku's screaming and crying scenes, however, some of the scenes are really deep and unforgettable, and tackle complicated Japanese / universal topics. So far I've cleared 3, 4, Ishin, now playing Zero, bought also Kiwami 1, and planning to buy Kiwami 2, then Kiwami 5, and finally 6 and 7. So that's seven years of Ryu Ga Gotoku to play while working full-time and raising a family.)
Can't we just Call it Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon?
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