Yakuza 7 Gets First Details on Story, Characters, Turn-Based RPG Battle System, Cast

Yakuza 7 uses an RPG battle system mixing turn-based and real-time together.

On August 29, Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio held a press conference, where the first trailer, the release date and many details on the next Yakuza PS4 game, now officially titled Yakuza 7, were revealed. Here’s a summary of everything we learned on Yakuza 7.

Yakuza 7 got first announced as “Shin Ryu Ga Gotoku” back in August 2017, and finally got fully revealed. Yakuza 7‘s concept is “living an adventure and growing as a person with your friends”, and is the main reason why the staff decided to adopt a turn-based RPG battle system for the game, inspiring itself from traditional JRPGs like Dragon Quest.

Yakuza 7‘s story is set in Yokohama, in the city of Isezaki Ijin. The story’s protagonist is Ichiban Kasuga, a yakuza part of the Arakawa clan. Following an incident on December 31, 2000, Ichiban turns himself to the police to protect one of his bosses. He is only freed 18 years later. Yakuza 7‘s story will depict these two eras: what happened to Ichiban in 2000 and the details of the incident, and what will happen to Ichiban 18 years later in 2019.

Along with Ichiban, three other characters go their profiles and real-life actors revealed. Let’s take a look at each one of them.

Ichiban Kasuga, played by Kazuhiro Nakaya. Ex-yakuza of the Arakawa Clan affiliated with the Tojo clan.

Ichiban was charged with murder and served a prison sentence in place of Masumi Arakawa, the person he considers his father and the boss of the Arakawa Clan. 18 years later when Ichiban is released, all of the Tojo Clan disappeared, and the Omi Alliance, a yakuza organization from Osaka, took over Kamuro. Ichiban then hears a shocking truth: his father-figure Masumi Arakawa allied himself and all of the Arakawa Clan to the Omi Alliance, and he’s the mastermind behind everything. Yearning to see the truth for his own eyes, Ichiban marches on to reunite with his “father”.

Joe Sawashiro, played by Shinichi Tsutsumi. 8th generation section chief of the Arakawa Clan affiliated with the Omi Alliance.

Joe is a martial arts practitioner who’s been with Masumi Arakawa since their days in the Tojo Clan. Joe always loathed Ichiban. Despite his past as part of the Tojo Clan, he’s been fully accepted by the Omi Alliance and he’s currently holding as much power as any other executive class member of the Omi Alliance.

Nanba, played by Ken Yasuda. A homeless man who used to work as a nurse.

Nanba was caught stealing and reselling drugs from the hospital he was working at, so he got fired and his nurse license was revoked. He ended up becoming homeless in Isezaki Ijincho in Yokohama, a city nicknamed “the bottom of the barrel”. After Ichiban got shot by Masumi, Nanba patched him up, saving his life, so now they stick together.

Masumi Arakawa, played by Kiichi Nakai. 8th generation boss of the Arakawa Clan, now affiliated with the Omi Alliance.

Masumi joined the Omi Alliance and leaked information about the Tojo clan to the police, resulting in the Tojo Clan’s annihilation. Following this huge achievement, Masumi is now considered the number 2 of the Omi alliance.

Multiple seiyuu were also confirmed to be voicing characters in Yakuza 7. Confirmed so far are Sumire Uesaka, Akio Otsuka, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Yuichi Nakamura, and Kosuke Toriumi.

Now that we introduced the characters, let’s take a closer look at the battle system. Sega described Yakuza 7 as a “Dramatic RPG” and calls the battle system “Live Command RPG Battle”. Yakuza 7 uses a real-time turn-based battle system. Each character needs to wait before executing actions, but all characters in battle keep moving at all time. It’s basically a mix between ATB and action RPG.

Some footage of the battle system was shown during the event. See the video above courtesy of our Japanese comrades at Game Watch. The game uses a one-button one-action type of battle UI, which is similar to older works such as Valkyrie Profile and Xenogears, or recent works such as Persona 5 and Trails of Cold Steel. We can also see the turn order bar at the bottom left. The footage most notably shows the currently unnamed character played by Eri Kamataki, the winner of the Yakuza 7 actress audition.

During the event, they most notably mentioned distance is one of the most important elements in Yakuza 7′s battle system, and the actions each one of your party members can do depend on the distance between themselves and their enemies. The actions also vary depending on the environment where you’re fighting.

During the event, it was also revealed that Yakuza 7‘s protagonist Ichiban is a huge Dragon Quest fan, explaining the scene in the trailer where he goes “I wish I get a big happy end like in Draque“. Sega mentioned they properly asked Square Enix and Horii Yuji for permission to use Dragon Quest‘s name in Yakuza 7.

Lastly, Sega announced first print copies of Yakuza 7 in Japan will include exclusive DLC items and equipment for the party members. The first-print copies physical version of Yakuza 7 will also include lottery tickets to win goods from brands collaborating with the game.

You can find below the first key visual and screenshots for Yakuza 7.

PS4 exclusive Yakuza 7 will be launching on January 16, 2020, in Japan, as Ryu Ga Gotoku 7 Hikari to Yami no Yukue. The game is coming west later on in 2020.

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