Can Yakuza Exist Without Kazuma Kiryu?

SEGA’s somewhat niche, but successful franchise is about to face change: can it progress without its iconic character?

Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life’s original, Japanese release happened at the end of 2016 on PlayStation 4, and it marks the end of the story for Kazuma Kiryu. However, the franchise seems to slowly gain a foothold in the West (which explains why both the remake of the first game on PS4 [Kiwami], as well as 6, are getting localized), so Toshihiro Nagoshi, the series’ general director, had to say a word or two about the future at the Famitsu Awards 2016.

The first, Kiryu-less episode is in development already, but there maybe more than one title on the cards at SEGA. The Dragon Engine, which debuted in Yakuza 6, needs at least one or two games to reach its full potential.

Yakuza Kiwami at the end of August, Yakuza 6 in 2018. 7? Who knows…

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