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Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name is a Yakuza spin-off for Kiryu

Fans, we are being fed.

Yet another new Yakuza game was announced during the Ryu Ga Gotoku Summit today.

Titled as Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, this game will follow the story of former gangster Kiryu Kazuma from the events of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life up until Like a Dragon 8.

A trailer was released, showing Kiryu being disciplined at a monastery, having seemingly renounced all of his former life, before it's revealed that Kiryu is in fact still involved with the Daidoji family from Yakuza 6.

Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name - announcement trailer.

Gaiden will be a smaller scale game than the main entries into the Yakuza series, and will return to the action-adventure brawling gameplay of earlier games rather than the RPG combat of Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Gaiden is currently set for a 2023 release on Xbox, PlayStation and PC.

After a previous tease, Like a Dragon 8 was also announced earlier today and is set for a 2024 release.

Finally, Like a Dragon: Ishin is also coming out next year, in February, which is plenty to keep Yakuza fans busy until Like a Dragon 8.

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