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RGG Studio Boss Explains Why Yakuza Series Has been Retitled Such as a Dragon in the West

Kat Bailey


Sep 18, 2022 8: 21 am


Sep 18, 2022 8: 19 am

Yakuza is really a name that has been well-known in western territories just like the U.S., however in Japan it has traditionally been titled Ryu Ga Gotoku, which roughly means Just like a Dragon. Now, with the announcement of three new Such as a Dragon games, it would appear that the Yakuza name has been retired once and for all.

In a recently available roundtable interview attended by IGN, RGG Studio boss Masayoshi Yokoyama discussed the move from the Yakuza moniker, explaining that the move was essentially trialed with Yakuza: Just like a Dragon.

In [Yakuza 7], it had been Yakuza: SUCH AS A Dragon, therefore we figured if we release this game suddenly out of nowhere without Yakuza inside it, people will be like, What’s this game? What’s happening with this particular?… The reaction to so on A Dragon name seemed very good, so that it gave us the confidence to obtain Yakuza and just go straight on with JUST LIKE A Dragon, Yokoyama said.

Asked if there is a thematic cause of the change, Yokoyama replied that the name doesnt really seem sensible with games like Ishin, that is occur the 19th century.

[S]tory-wise too, we have been discussing criminal underworld, but we’re not discussing Yakuza, really, Yokoyama said. So that it just is practical for us never to include them in the name. If we complete the accent, we’d be Yakuza: Ishin! It isn’t Yakuza: Ishin! That isn’t what it’s about. So JUST LIKE A Dragon: Ishin! makes more sense.

The Yakuza name is really a holdover from once the PS2 version of the series first found its way to the U.S. Billed as GTA in Japan, it had been initially a flop, but later found popularity because of Yakuza 0. To numerous fans, the Yakuza name had long ceased to be relevant, nonetheless it was entrenched enough that it were able to hang in there.

The name change coincides with the dawn of a fresh era for RGG Studio aswell, which recently saw the departure of Toshihiro Nagoshi and many senior leaders. With Yokoyama now fully in control, RGG Studio is getting ready to release three new games in the series, including Such as a Dragon 8 and a Kazuma Kiryu-focused spin-off titled Such as a Dragon Gaiden: THE PERSON Who Erased His Name. As well as the name change, RGG Studio can be looking into the chance of shifting the series to Unreal Engine 5.

Another game due out for the series is similar to a Dragon: Ishin, a samurai-themed remake of the spin-off occur 19th-century Japan. It is possible to read our full impressions of so on a Drago: Ishin here, with a release date set for February 2023.


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