SEGA has revealed how it intends to celebrate 15 years of the Yakuza series, which includes a special livestream, interviews with its original voice cast, and announces what plans it has for the "future developments" of the fan-favourite franchise.
Shared via the company's Japanese social media channels, SEGA confirmed that on December 8, 2020 at 8pm local time (3am PT / 6am ET / 11am UK), it will deliver a "live broadcast program commemorating the 15th anniversary of Yakuza", including appearances from Japanese voice actors Takaya Kuroda and Kazuhiro Nakaya (thanks, PCGN (opens in new tab)).
The description also teases that the celebrations will not only "look back on the history of 15 years", but will also "announce future developments", too.
【『龍が如く』15周年 記念特番配信決定】12月8日（火）20時より龍が如く15周年を記念した生放送番組を配信決定！ゲストに黒田崇矢さん、中谷一博さんをお迎えし、15年の歴史を振り返ると共に、今後の展開を発表いたします！視聴URLはこちらhttps://t.co/LuDiquRGkb#龍が如く pic.twitter.com/czdiVCL0RKNovember 20, 2020
ICYMI, one of the producers behind the hugely-successful Yakuza games has teased what SEGA series he might like to get involved with next (opens in new tab)… and his answer probably isn't what you expected it to be.
Appearing in an interview as part of a series marking SEGA's 60th - 60th! - anniversary, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio producer Daisuke Sato was asked which game from the Japanese company's extensive catalogue he might like to work on, and immediately answered that he'd "like to get involved" with a Sonic the Hedgehog "once at least".
"It's an IP that I haven't come to before. In the sense that I want to try it... well, Sonic," Sato said at the time. "After all, when you hear SEGA you think Sonic. I'd like to get involved once at least."
"Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a confident step in a different direction for Ryu Ga Gotoku’s series," we said in the GamesRadar+ Yakuza: Like a Dragon review (opens in new tab). "An impactful combat system filled with whacky abilities stands tall against the action-based formula RGG perfected over nearly two decades, and newcomer Ichiban Kasuga and his friends come together as an excellent cast to leave a lasting impression."
There's still a lot to get excited about in gaming this year. Here are the upcoming games of 2020 (opens in new tab) and beyond.