An English dub of the upcoming Yakuza: Like a Dragon is currently in production, according to a credit on PCB Productions’ official website. For those unaware, PCB was responsible for the English dub of Judgment.
The credit has been removed, but it was snapped and posted up on ResetEra where it confirms PCG worked on Yakuza: Like a Dragon in regards to ‘Talent Direction/Dialog Production.’
Yakuza: Like A Dragon English Dub Confirmed?
In addition to Yakuza: Like a Dragon and Judgment, PCB also worked on the likes of Darksiders Genesis and Persona 5. It’s interesting to note that there hasn’t been an English dub of a Yakuza game since the original Yakuza back in 2005, which featured the likes of Mark Hamill and Eliza Dushku.
Yakuza: Like A Dragon, or Yakuza 7 as it’s also known as, will launch for PlayStation 4 in Japan, US, and UK in 2020. The game replaces long-time protagonist Kazuma Kiryu with newcomer Ichiban Kasuga, although it seems he has just as much of a penchant for punching people in the face as his predecessor, which is good to know.
The series launched for the PlayStation 2 back in 2005, and was localised for the west the following year. The sequel arrived in 2008 but stuck with Japanese dialogue, something which has remained consistent ever since.
SEGA has done a solid job of bringing subsequent titles to the US and UK over the years, although typically we’ve had to wait about a year to get our hands on them after Japan does. The studio is also remastering Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 for the PS4 in the west, with a bundle featuring all three games scheduled for release in early 2020.
While remaining extremely popular in Japan, the Yakuza franchise has steadily built itself a dedicated fan base in western markets. The series has sold over 10.5 million copies worldwide across digital and disc-based mediums, and has spawned a number of spin-off titles in the process.