Japanese publisher Sega have officially announced Yakuza 7 with a major change to the series combat. As shown in the reveal video and screenshots, the seventh instalment will ditch its well know action combat for JRPG combat style.
Sega have officially unveiled their next instalment in the popular Yakuza series during a press conference today. Yakuza 7 will come with a huge gameplay change, which, the creator Toshihiro Nagoshi named as a watershed moment for the Yakuza series.
Judging by the screenshots and reveal video, it looks like Yakuza 7 will use turn-based combat, not the standard action combat which we got in previous instalments. As you can see from the screenshot below, Yakuza 7 basically looks like a JRPG, which of course, isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's just surprising and huge change that not a lot of players expected.
Toshihiro Nagoshi explained the decision to make this radical change by saying that they wanted to try something different with the seventh instalment but if the fans of the series dislike the new gameplay, they will be happy to switch back to their old combat.
"Classic Yakuza game format reached one complete style so wanted to try totally different to jump. Our experts of action game creation made this RPG with their flavour; hope fans welcome this change. If not, happy to change back to action game for future releases," Nagoshi said, reports The Wall Street Journal's Takashi Mochizuki.
You may remember that the developers, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio made an April fools video, joking that the next Yakuza game would change its combat to turn-based. It looks like the video was a lot more than a simple April fools joke.
Anyway, the game is set in Yokohama and it features Ichiban Kasuga as the main character, who is by the looks of it, a huge fan of Square Enix's Dragon Quest JRPG. Sega and Square Enix partnered up to include some Dragon Quest franchise references in Yakuza 7, which is a nice little detail.
As for the release date, Yakuza 7 will officially launch on 16 January 2020 for PlayStation 4 in Japan while the worldwide release will come later in 2020.