Unique Interview with Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s Masayoshi Yokoyama and Hiroyuki Sakamoto

Our Xbox Cord France group used to be lucky to talk with Hiroyuki Sakamoto, the creator of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and Masayoshi Yokoyama, manufacturer, screenwriter and sound director of the sport, who has been operating at the sequence since its debut 15 years in the past. This used to be an implausible alternative for our group to be informed extra about this newest bankruptcy within the long-running franchise, which stands proud from its predecessors whilst maintaining the inimitable spirit that defines Yakuza, that we’re excited to percentage with you these days.

Xbox Cord France: To get began, let us know about your revel in creating Yakuza: Like a Dragon on Xbox Sequence X|S.

Hiroyuki Sakamoto: It used to be the primary time we labored on those machines, however they’ve energy on the subject of high-end PCs, so I’d say it used to be {hardware} that used to be simple to expand on. The ultra-fast SSD allowed us to significantly cut back loading occasions, as we had anticipated. We had been additionally ready to concurrently reach resolutions and frames in line with 2nd unimaginable to succeed in on typical consoles. I feel those are the least worrying and most pleasurable machines we’ve needed to paintings with.

XWF: How do you’re feeling about the truth that your recreation goes to experience nice visibility in France, because it’s some of the titles to be had on the release of those new consoles?

Masayoshi Yokoyama: For the reason that we made this recreation in Japan, for a Eastern target audience, I will have to admit that we don’t truly understand but that it’s been launched in other places. We’ve already launched a recreation similtaneously a brand new console, however no longer globally, so it’s a primary for us and we’re beautiful occupied with it. So far as France is worried, I’ve heard that Takeshi Kitano’s films, even the toughest ones, are very a success there, so I feel culturally, numerous folks will be capable of get into this type of very Eastern paintings, so I will’t wait to peer how the sport will probably be won there!

XWF: That is the primary time in 15 years {that a} Yakuza recreation has been translated into French. Any anecdotes?

H.S.: I will have to say that the group answerable for translating and adapting the sport has labored onerous to make sure that the entire nuances are mirrored within the ultimate textual content. They even stated that it used to be more than likely the most efficient adaptation paintings they’ve ever performed. I feel the gamers can be expecting a excessive stage of translation high quality.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

When did you turn into conscious about the luck of your video games out of the country?

H.S.: I feel it used to be with the gross sales of Yakuza 0, which will have to were the straightforward option to get into the universe. I truly felt that it used to be from there that gamers felt they may take a look at different titles within the sequence as neatly, and that the sequence progressively won momentum.

XWF: Why is that this new Yakuza not an motion recreation?

M.Y.: Just because we’ve modified heroes! Once we created this new persona and imagined his motivations, we additionally considered how he would have interaction together with his surroundings and his tale. And because he’s appearing in a band with partners, we checked out what will be the best possible recreation device to best possible serve our tale, and we concluded that an RPG could be supreme. In our studio, we all the time make a choice our gameplay mechanics in step with the tale we wish to inform.

XWF: How used to be this variation perceived via your Eastern target audience?

M.Y.: Very badly! On the time of the announcement, we had 90% pink thumbs! Then again, afterwards, once we began to keep in touch concerning the content material of the sport, folks ended up announcing “Neatly, it’s no longer so dangerous in spite of everything…” In spite of everything, when the sport used to be launched, we heard that it used to be the most efficient thought of the sport! As a writer that used to be probably the most gratifying second! I controlled to end up that my recreation used to be just right, I even assume it used to be the episode of the sequence that won the easiest marks in Japan!

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XWF: Why did you select to turn a moderately “depressing” Japan, which we don’t seem to be used to seeing in cultural works?

M.Y.: You already know, we didn’t truly take into accounts it. We simply wrote the tale of a 42-year-old man who comes out of jail and reveals himself in a society with which he’s totally out of contact. We didn’t assume that we had been going to in particular denounce the social issues of actual Japan, nor did we you have to be provocative. We made those alternatives for purely scenarist causes, for us it used to be the most suitable choice to turn the nature in a laugh scenarios.

XWF: Why is the sport referred to as Yakuza: Like a Dragon within the West and no longer Yakuza 7, as in Japan?

M.Y.: You already know, the Eastern identify of the saga is “Ryu Ga Gotoku,” which means that “like a dragon.” Fifteen years in the past, we had been advised that if we translated the identify at once, it wouldn’t be very stylish… However these days, water has flowed beneath the bridge and we took good thing about the trade of primary persona to unify the identify in all places the sector. Till now, we’ve by no means introduced a recreation within the sequence concurrently in all places the sector, however this time it’s all about having a world imaginative and prescient, and this identify trade additionally lets in us to turn that decision. We at the moment are in a way of thinking the place we’re making our video games for the entire global and no longer only for Japan.

XWF: Are you glad to peer other episodes of Yakuza arrive in Xbox Recreation Go?

M.Y.: Industry folks would have an interest within the collection of copies offered first, however for us, the creators, what’s vital is to have as many gamers as conceivable entertained via our video games. Once we get on Xbox Recreation Go, we multiply the possibilities that individuals will uncover them and that makes us glad.

Due to Masayoshi Yokohama and Hiroyuki Sakamoto for his or her solutions, and to Grégoire Hellot, our interpreter, for this interview. Yakuza: Like a Dragon is now to be had on Xbox One, Home windows 10 PC and as Xbox Sequence X|S next-generation console unique for a restricted time.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Yakuza: Like a Dragon




Ichiban Kasuga, a low-ranking grunt of a low-ranking yakuza circle of relatives in Tokyo, faces an 18-year jail sentence after taking the autumn for against the law he did not devote. By no means dropping religion, he loyally serves his time and returns to society to find that nobody used to be looking forward to him at the out of doors, and his extended family has been destroyed via the person he revered maximum.

Puzzled and by myself, he embarks on a challenge to find the reality at the back of his circle of relatives’s betrayal and take his existence again, changing into an not likely hero for town’s outcasts on his adventure.


Enjoy dynamic RPG fight like none different. Transfer between 19 distinctive Jobs starting from Bodyguard to Musician, and use the battlefield as your weapon. Take in bats, umbrellas, motorcycles, boulevard indicators, and the whole lot else at your disposal to crack some skulls!


When you find yourself no longer busy bashing heads, loosen up via hitting up the native arcade for some vintage SEGA video games, compete with locals in a no holds barred go-kart race round Yokohama, entire 50 distinctive substories, or simply take within the surroundings of a modern day Eastern town. There’s all the time one thing new across the nook.

Russian and Brazilian Portuguese subtitles to be had in early 2021 by the use of patch replace.

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