Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth was announced last year, and fans are excited for the latest entry. There have been a good amount of details released about the new game, so let’s cover everything we know so far.
When will Infinite Wealth be released?
The newest and 8th game in the formally known as the Yakuza series releases on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Gamepass, and Steam on January 26th, 2024.
What Do We Know About the Story?
Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth will continue the new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga’s story, which started in 2020’s Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and the original protagonist, Kiryu Kazuma’s story from the first six games. While you do not have to have prior knowledge of previous games to enjoy Infinite Wealth, there is a small recap of the series in Yakuza 6’s main menu, under “Memories”. I recommend catching up on Like a Dragon Gaiden, which came out in November, or watching recap videos on YouTube.
The English version of the trailer explains that Ichiban Kasuga has set off for Hawaii in search of his mother. As for the guy who started the series, Kiryu Kazama has developed cancer and is considering retirement. However, a new gang from Honolulu will unite the two protagonists.
Where Does Infinite Wealth Take Place?
As far as we know, most of the game takes place in Honolulu, Hawaii. Series director, Ryosuke Horii has stated during the most recent RGG Summit that we will wind up back in Yokohama at some point in the game.
Traditionally, the Yakuza Series has been an action RPG, allowing you to explore multiple towns while brawling with groups of enemies. Yakuza: Like a Dragon signified a name change for the series and a genre change as it became a turn-based RPG. As such, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth follows the same path.
The Yakuza series is known for its wacky antics, incorporating many mini-games, including a selection from Sega’s catalog of games housed in Sega Arcades across Kamarucho. (R.I.P. to the real Sega Arcades, which closed in 2021 due to the Pandemic.) Fan favorites like Karaoke will also be returning.
One mini-game featured in Infinite Wealth is an Animal Crossing-inspired area called Dondoko Island where Ichiban can farm, fish, care for animals, decorate the island, and build a dream home.
No Turn-based RPG is complete without a class system. Like its predecessor, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth allows your party members to take on jobs throughout the game, opening up several different moves per class, all of which can be changed by taking on Alo-Happy Tours. Many of these jobs will be returning while many are new, including but not limited to Samurai, Pyromancer, and Action Star.
Who are the Characters?
The Yakuza series is known for having a large cast of main and side characters, considering they are based on the Japanese organized crime group, the Yakuza. So expect to be introduced to many characters in Infinite Wealth, including many returning characters from Kiryu’s saga and Like a Dragon. Several characters, including Koichi Adachi, Yu Nanba, and Saeko Mukuoda, can be recruited to your party.
Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth will feature dual protagonists: Ichiban Kasuga and Kiryu Kasama. Ichiban is the newest protagonist in the long-running series, debuting in Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Series regular Kiryu has developed cancer and is considering retirement. Many characters from his past, including our old pal, Majima, return despite briefly appearing in the most recent game, Like a Dragon: Gaiden, acting as an interlude between Yakuza 6: A Song of Life and Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, this will be the first time the two have met in a long time.
I Choose you, Sujimon!
Sujimons were first introduced in the previous game as a bestiary but are different in Infinite Wealth. In Yakuza: Like a Dragon, there was a whole side story where Ichiban went to a professor, who gave him a “Sujidex,” which acted as a bestiary. Instead of a bestiary this time, Infinite Wealth takes the Pokemon parody and amps it to 100, allowing you to have 3-on-3 Sujimon battles against an NPC’s Sujimon.
Pre-ordering Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth will net you two bonuses:
- Two Jobs: Linebacker (Ichiban) and Tennis (Chitose Fujinomiya)
- Hero’s Booster Pack – This gives some ways to increase your party members’ XP
Furthermore, there are three editions:
- Base game
- Deluxe Edition – Master Vacation Bundle (Includes an extra Dungeon, an exclusive Sujimon, more Resort guests, outfits, New Game+, and “more.”
- Ultimate Edition – Includes everything from the Deluxe Edition + more outfits/swimwear for your party, “Legendary Sujimon,” more Resort guests, special boosters, and classic karaoke tracks.
Most Pre-order/ Edition bonuses are standard for many Ryu Ga Gotoku games. However, one point of contention is including the New Game+, which has traditionally been a part of the “standard” versions of every core Yakuza game, and spin-offs are now locked behind the Deluxe and Ultimate Editions of Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth. Considering the prices for video games have increased by $10 towards the start of the new console generation if you want the bonuses right away, you will need to spend $85 and $110, respectively.
Sega might allow those who bought the standard edition to upgrade for an extra $10, similar to what they did with Like a Dragon: Ishin in 2020, and individually piecemeal the bundles, but time will tell.
Whether or not it will be the final send-off for Kiryu Kazama, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth may very well be the most substantial game in the series and have an emotional story filled with many characters, mechanics, and a plethora of mini-games and substories. Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth releases on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Steam on January 26th.
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