Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio‘s Masayoshi Yokoyama has touched on the widening appeal of the Like A Dragon (aka Yakuza) franchise in the West, suggesting subscription services such as Xbox Game Pass have contributed to the expanding audience in that territory.
Speaking during an interview with Twinfinite, Yokoyama-san was asked if services such as Game Pass are a good fit for Like A Dragon, he replied:
In terms of audience, I think the West has especially increased. It’s hard to tell if that’s thanks to multiplatform or if it’s because we changed the genre and protagonist from Yakuza: Like a Dragon as a new series, or both. Personally, I do think subscriptions like Game Pass, allowing people to play the previous games over the years, have contributed largely to the increase in audience.
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RGG Studio has a number of games in development for the Like A Dragon series right now, including Like A Dragon 8, which will see the return of Kazmya Kiryu. Meanwhile, a remake of Like A Dragon: Ishin is in development, as well as a side-story Like A Dragon: The Man Who Erased His Name.
[Source – Twinfinite]