Yakuza 7 Announced, Ditches Action Combat For JRPG Battles

The first true post-Kiryu Yakuza game has just been shown off in Tokyo, and Yakuza 7 is changing up more than just its location.

Set this time in Yokohama, and featuring new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga (this game was actually very softly announced in March, this is just a more formal and informative reveal) the game marks a serious departure for the series, with its trademark head-crunching action combat replaced by a more pedestrian turn-based system.

Here’s the debut trailer:

And here, if you’re still in a state of disbelief, is a shot and some blurry video of the new battle system:

The Wall Street Journal’s Takashi Mochizuki was at the unveiling, and was able to pass on the reasoning behind the radical gameplay shift:

Makes sense! It’s absolutely wild—this is a long-running and successful game series completely changing its core gameplay—but it makes sense. While Yakuza somehow made it work, marrying lengthy cinematics with frantic action sequences was never the most elegant fit. It’ll be fascinating to see how it all works and feels now at a much slower pace.

The game is out in January on PS4 in Japan, China and Korea, while the West will get it later in the year.


    Bit surprised, but I guess after what... 7? of the old style ones, I'll give this a chance at least.

      About 13 games all up if you include all the spin-offs & remakes. In my opinion it's long overdue.

    Yakuza becomes turn based and Final Fantasy goes action combat. Strange times indeed

    Well that really tanks my hype for this game. I have loved ALMOST all of the yakuza games, but between the new setting, the new character not giving me great vibes and my complete lack of interest in the new battle system...... and after the wet fart of an ending Yakuza 6 dropped out... this just makes me sad :(

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