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Yakuza will remain a turn-based series going forward

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Did you enjoy Yakuza: Like a Dragon (opens in new tab)'s JRPG spin on the series' usual third-person brawling? If so, then good news, because it sounds like Yakuza will be sticking to turn-based RPG combat for the foreseeable future.

Speaking ahead of the reveal of Lost Judgement, the sequel to 2018's Yakuza spin-off, series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Kazuki Hosokawa told IGN (opens in new tab) that the main series would be ditching its brawler roots after the success of Like a Dragon.

"The Yakuza series has been transformed into a turn-based RPG. On the other hand, over the year, Ryu ga Gotoku Studio has accumulated resources and know-how of making flashy and exhilarating action games that are effortless to enjoy. We decided that we should let our signature action gameplay live on through Lost Judgement."

So, Yakuza's venerable third person brawling will continue in Judgement. Yakuza, meanwhile, will retain the heightened absurdity of Like a Dragon's JRPG stylings (opens in new tab), which as far as I can tell involved dialling a phone number to summon a downpour of lobsters or a limousine full of mobsters.

Naturally, the news has already split the Yakuza-likers in the office. Some feel that, if the series is to continue with new lead Ichiban, it makes sense to keep his party-focussed combat, while others found the slower pace made exploring the city an absolute chore. The real rub is that Judgement and its sequel are currently unavailable on PC, leaving us locked out of that classic Yakuza brawling.

20 years ago, Nat played Jet Set Radio Future for the first time, and she's not stopped thinking about games since. Joining PC Gamer in 2020, she comes from three years of freelance reporting at Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, VG247 and more. Embedded in the European indie scene and a part-time game developer herself, Nat is always looking for a new curiosity to scream about—whether it's the next best indie darling, or simply someone modding a Scotmid into Black Mesa. She also unofficially appears in Apex Legends under the pseudonym Horizon.