The news came officially from SEGA
SAW confirmed that the Yakuza will permanently change his name to Like a Dragon in the west. The reason for this change is due to the attempt to bring the name of the saga closer to its original name in Japan. Yakuza Like a Dragon it was a game changer in the series and was one of the most successful games in the series, as well as being the first game in the saga to reach the Xbox ecosystem. Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio is betting a lot on its IP and its expansion in the West by adding it to other platforms and providing the texts translated into multiple languages.
Yakuza becomes Like a Dragon in the west
The news of the westernization of the saga had already been seen thanks to the announcement a few days ago of Like a Dragon: Ishin!. This title was an exclusive title from Japan and did not reach the West at the time. The purpose behind the decision to save this title and make a remake is to be able to bring more games of the saga to as many platforms as possible.
The saga of Like a Dragon he is having a spectacular time. During the events of the Tokyo Game Show, three new games in the saga have been announced. The already mentioned Like a Dragon: Ishin!, Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name And Like a Dragon 8. These three titles are the projects of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio between now and 2024, so two years of a lot of content related to the franchise are guaranteed.
Despite all the good news surrounding the Like a Dragon and his relationship with Xbox, there are still things to improve on. SAW confirmed that there will be no physical edition for Xbox consoles by Like a Dragon: Ishin!. The relationship between Japanese studios and the Xbox ecosystem is strengthening, and the number of Japanese games coming to Xbox is increasing every year. Phil Spencer’s management and the visibility possibilities offered by Xbox Game Pass have allowed this increase in terms of Japanese games.