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Sega has formally removed the Yakuza brand name and replaced it with Like a Dragon.

Following the news that Like a Dragon: Ishin is coming to the West, Sega has confirmed that it will officially drop the Yakuza name from its fan-favorite RPG series.

This means that new games coming to what would have been the “Yakuza” series will carry the “Like a Dragon” name instead.

Like a dragon: Ishin! – Announcement trailer.

Confirmation comes via Sega, which confirmed to kotaku that as the Like a Dragon brand is “more closely aligned with the Japanese name”, it is formally removing the Yakuza name from every new title going forward.

Sega recently announced that a Western release for the historic Yakuza spin-off Like a Dragon: Ishin, which has been “rebuilt from the ground up”, is coming to PS4 and PS5 this coming February. It was recently confirmed that it will only feature Japanese voice acting.

Like a Dragon: Ishin was originally released for PlayStation 3 and PS4 in Japan under the name Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin! in 2014, transplanting the chaotic Yakuza formula to the late Edo period for a historical slice of samurai action. It follows the protagonist Sakamoto Ryōma as he returns to his home in Tosa where, after an encounter with a high-ranking samurai, he is sentenced to be executed.


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