June 19, 2024


Sega initially “flat out rejected” the primary proposal for Yakuza, because it would not entice the lots.


That is in line with collection creator Toshihiro Nagoshi on the newest Information Picks video, wherein he discusses the origins of the collection (thanks Automaton).


The Like A Dragon collection (Yakuza within the West) debuted in 2015, however initially wasn’t seen as a worthwhile concept.

Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth opening movieWatch on YouTube



Right now within the business, Japanese video games not dominated gross sales. “This led to a mindset of creating video games that may enchantment to the lots, video games that might promote anyplace and to anybody. Many producers, together with myself, thought this fashion,” mentioned Nagoshi.


“However this mindset wasn’t actually resulting in an answer, and I noticed many sport proposals steadily turn into watered down as producers bent over to vary issues the best way administration instructed them to.”


Nevertheless, when Nagoshi pitched the idea of Like a Dragon to Sega, “it was flat out rejected,” he mentioned. “In spite of everything, it was fully opposite to what I discussed earlier about attracting the lots. Kids would not be capable to play it, and it wasn’t catered to ladies nor abroad audiences. On this sense, there was no method for it to be accepted with out resistance.”


Nagoshi believed the sport’s sturdy id would make it a business success, although admitted the path to approval was “fairly forceful”.


He additionally didn’t need the sport to affirm violence, regardless of its Yakuza topic. “I wished it to be a sport that makes you wish to do your greatest to stay one other day,” he mentioned. “I keep in mind reminding individuals of this continuously.”


It is maybe stunning Sega was initially reluctant to inexperienced gentle the sport, contemplating it is now one in every of its high franchises alongside Sonic and the Persona collection. Nagoshi was clearly proper that its sturdy Japanese id would end in international enchantment.


The newest within the collection, Infinite Wealth, bought 1m items in its first week and was the collection’ largest Steam launch ever.


As an entire, the collection has bought 21.3m items (as per November 2023).

“Violent stakes as soon as once more meet zany shenanigans in Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth, the collection’ much-improved second RPG,” reads our Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth Eurogamer evaluate.


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