The first look at Yakuza 8, a direct sequel to Yakuza: Like a Dragon, has been revealed. While the new images don’t show off too much detail, they do confirm that protagonist Ichiban Kasuga will return, alongside former nurse Yu Nanba and retired police officer Koichi Adachi. Sadly, Ichiban’s glorious perm is nowhere to be seen.
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In a tour of developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio that he uploaded to his channel, MMA fighter and YouTuber Mirai Asakura discovered that Yakuza 8 will feature a new town for Ichiban and his crew to explore. Asakura was also offered a chance to be in the game by Sega president Haruki Satomi and RGG president Masayoshi Yokoyama, which he accepted on the spot.
Satomi and Yokoyama also mentioned that RGG is working on another title as well that’s not related to Yakuza 8, although there was no mention of Judgment. That franchise appears to be in limbo, as actor the talent agency for Takuya Kimura–who portrays Judgment protagonist Takayuki Yagami–apparently has a big problem with computers.