Sega and developer RGG Studio have now teased the next mainline game in the Yakuza series, which is simply being referred to from fans as Yakuza 8, with a set of new images. In a general sense, RGG Studio has already confirmed within the past that it would be working on a sequel to 2020's Yakuza: Like a Dragon. And while details on this follow-up entry are still incredibly sparse, we've now started to get a better idea of where the game will be heading.
In a new video from Mikuru Askura, some of the first screenshots from Yakuza 8 were shown off in a rather odd manner. These images in question were highlighted via an off-screen look at a computer monitor which showed off a number of characters from Like a Dragon with their new appearances in Yakuza 8. Notably, the main protagonist of Like a Dragon, Ichiban Kasuga, seems to be sporting a much different hairstyle this time around. Famitsu also reports that Yakuza 8 will also feature a new town for players to explore.
You can see some of these images in the tweet below:
In a general sense, it's a bit surprising that we still haven't seen anything formal related to Yakuza 8. Dating back to 2015, RGG Studio has released a new game of some sort in the Yakuza series on an annual basis. While Yakuza: Like a Dragon finally came to the west back in 2020, it was then followed by the spin-off Lost Judgment last year, which itself was a sequel to 2019's Judgment. At this point in time, 2022 seems like it will be the first year in quite a long time that RGG Studio will go without releasing a title. Given that the company has had some major shakeups within the past year, though, this is pretty understandable.
When do you believe that Yakuza 8 will actually see the light of day? And at what point do you think that RGG Studio might begin to reveal more of the game in a formal capacity? Let me know either down in the comments or reach out to me on Twitter at @MooreMan12.