Yakuza's iconic cabaret club is making a comeback

Yakuza 0's cabaret club
(Image credit: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio)
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Yakuza's cabaret club did something very few games manage to do: unite everyone in realising that dress-up games are actually a ton of fun. Of course, that's not all Club Sunshine has to offer. It's a slick management sim plonked in the middle of a beat-em-up adventure, a perfect juxtaposition that captures the vibes of this series. It's so good that Lauren Morton (opens in new tab), Jody MacGregor (opens in new tab) and Tom Senior (opens in new tab) have all had their moments gushing about the mode. And it's coming back, baby.

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has announced that the cabaret club will be reappearing in next year's Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name (opens in new tab) (the Yakuza series is being renamed to Like a Dragon (opens in new tab) to better reflect the Japanese nomenclature). Not only that, but those in Japan can audition to be featured in both The Man Who Erased His Name and Like a Dragon 8 as a hostess. The mode has already traditionally featured Japanese idols and adult movie stars, with the auditions opening the opportunity to the Japanese public.

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A machine translation of Sega's site (opens in new tab) says that the winners will appear in live-action footage as a hostess for The Man Who Erased His Name, as well as the right to appear in Like a Dragon 8 along with 1 million yen (around $7,200 USD). Anyone over the age of 20 in Japan has until December 23 to apply for the chance to join Club Sunshine.

The audition process doesn't seem to end until around the first few months of 2023, which means we can likely expect Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name to release sometime in the middle or towards the end of the year. Announced in October, it'll let us know what Kiryu got up to between Yakuza 6 and the next game while the likes of Ichiban Kasuga were gallivanting around in his place. It was revealed alongside Like a Dragon 8, which should release in 2024.

Mollie Taylor
Features Producer

Mollie spent her early childhood deeply invested in games like Killer Instinct, Toontown and Audition Online, which continue to form the pillars of her personality today. She joined PC Gamer in 2020 as a news writer and now lends her expertise to write a wealth of features, guides and reviews with a dash of chaos. She can often be found causing mischief in Final Fantasy 14, using those experiences to write neat things about her favourite MMO. When she's not staring at her bunny girl she can be found sweating out rhythm games, pretending to be good at fighting games or spending far too much money at her local arcade.