Gematsu has translated the Japanese press release which describes how the game uses a “”live command RPG battle” system that combines the series’ signature action with an RPG-style command system. It has evolved into a system in which anyone can easily enjoy exhilarating battles. In this completely new battle system, Ichiban Kasuga and his party will fight by selecting techniques with various effects such as attack, recovery, support, and more.”
Interestingly, Sega actually first teased this development in a since deleted April Fool’s video earlier this year. The video showed Kasuga engaging in turn-based combat as programmers tweaked the code.
Yakuza 7 will launch on PS4 in Japan on 16 January, 2020, with a release in the West slated for later in the year. It’ll be playable at Tokyo Game Show next month. In the meantime, Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 are coming to North America for the PlayStation 4 as part of the brand new Yakuza Remastered Collection.
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