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Yakuza: Like a Dragon - Tokyo Game Show story and gameplay trailers, character profiles

Sega has posted a new gameplay trailer for Yakuza: Like a Dragon showcasing the game's new command-based combat stylings.

We see Ichiban and his crew whack people with bats, purses, belching firey alcohol, and attack in all manner of methods. There's also a glimpse of a job system with classes like Host and Dancer, as well a variety of minigames such as cart racing, pachislot, & darts.

More information on these new activities also was shared in this week's Famitsu, where play spots like "Dragon Kart" were highlighted. Based on Street Karts in Yokohama, "Dragon Kart" takes some inspiration from this and other kart style racing games, allowing players to take a break from the story and engage in some competitive racing. A new theater play spot has been added as well, where players will need to fight off Kasuga's sleepiness as he watches whatever the theater has available at that time. Four new pachislot machines have been added as well, will all of these machines being fairly well known and popular within Japan as their inclusion is part of a collaboration.

Additionally, summons have now made their way into Yakuza: Like a Dragon with the Delivery Help system. Players will be able to summon NPC characters to assist them in combat, however this will come at a price. So watch your money when summoning NPC characters as it is quite costly. Several summons were shown off not only in Famitsu but also during the TGS 2019 Yakuza: Like a Dragon trailer.

Check out the gameplay trailer below.

Sega of America has also posted an English subtitled version of the Tokyo Game Show story trailer, which you can find below. The official English website can be found here. Sega also provided English character bios for the main cast of the game, also found below.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon is set to release in Japan on January 16, 2020, and worldwide later in the year. You can find the announcement trailer and screenshots here, and some more battle system details here.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Screenshots

Characters

Ichiban Kasuga
Voiced by Kazuhiro Nakaya
Of the Arakawa Family,
A Tojo Clan subsidiary

A low-ranking member of a low-ranking family, Kasuga is asked by his patriarch and father-figure, Masumi Arakawa, to turn himself in for a murder committed by the family captain, Jo Sawashiro.

He is released after serving 18 years in prison, only to discover that the Tojo Clan has been eradicated from Kamurocho and in its place is the Omi Alliance of Kansai - and that Masumi Arakawa may be behind all of it. Seeking the truth, he heads to meet with his former patriarch.

Masumi Arakawa
Performed by Kiichi Nakai
Acting Captain of the Omi Alliance
Patriarch of the Arakawa Family

Formerly the chairman of a branch family of the Tojo Clan, he betrays his superiors by providing internal Tojo Clan intel to the police as they enact the "Kamurocho 3K Plan."

The combination of his betrayal and police effectiveness wipes the Tojo Clan from Kamurocho, allowing the Omi Alliance to move in and grant him the rank of Acting Captain in honor of his accomplishment.

Jo Sawashiro
Performed by Shinichi Tsutsumi
Lieutenant of the Omi Alliance
Captain of the Arakawa Family

Well-known for his vicious nature, even while serving as captain of the Arakawa Family during its Tojo Clan days.

He despises Ichiban Kasuga, and the 18 years of prison time that Kasuga serves in his name doesn't change that. When Masumi Arakawa becomes the Omi Alliance acting captain, he is elevated to a lieutenant.

Yu Nanba
Performed by Ken Yasuda
A Homeless Former Nurse

Nanba's fall from grace was swift when he lost his nursing license for selling illegal foreign drugs. With Ichiban Kasuga near death from a gunshot, Nanba uses his medical expertise to save his life and decides to tag along on Kasuga's journey.

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