Sega shocked veteran fans of the Yakuza franchise when they revealed last month that the next entry will feature turn-based JRPG-inspired combat rather than the series’ now-iconic fluid and fast-paced brawler action.
In the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu (via Gematsu), Yakuza 7 (whose title could be translated as either Yakuza: Like a Dragon or Yakuza: Whereabouts of Light and Darkness) will feature Final Fantasy-like summoning mechanic in combat.
How summons will work in Yakuza 7 is that players can summon a variety of characters into battle by paying money via the in-game smartphone, including Gary Buster Holmes, Gonda Wara, a crayfish, and more. These summons will then support players during battle by attacking offensively, providing health recovery, and more.
Besides that, Yakuza 7 will also feature crazy minigames like the following:
- Dragon Kart â€“ A racing game set on a course in the streets of Yokosuka. Pick up boxes to obtain weapons like a rocket launcher or Gatling gun.
- Traditional Movie Theater â€“ Ichiban Kasuga always falls asleep in the middle of a movie. This is a button-pressing (rhythm game?) where Kasuga battles the temptation of a sheepman in order to overcome that sleepiness.
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Yakuza 7 is slated to release for the PS4 on 16 January 2020 in Japan, while those living in the rest of the world will have to wait longer for a localized version of the game sometime later in 2020.
In the meantime, check out the Yakuza 7 trailer below.