Ryu ga Gotoku 5 fully detailed

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(Screenshot from Yakuza 3, not 5)

The Japanese video game magazine Famitsu has revealed the full details on the upcoming Ryu ga Gotoku 5 (known as the Yakuza series in English-speaking regions). As expected, the game is going to be developed on a new engine and several of the concepts from earlier games have been been improved or altered.

The major news is that five characters are playable this time; Fan favorites Kazuma Kiryu, Shun Akiyama and Taiga Saejima all return from Ryu ga Gotoku 4/Yakuza 4, whilst retired baseball star Tatsuo Shinada and series veteran Haruka Sawamura becomes playable for the first time. Not only is Haruka the first playable female in the franchise, Famitsu reports that she is the main character (!).

The scale of the game is said to be one of SEGA’s most ambitious in years, with the game being over twice the size of previous games and the development time of this newest game being longer than any game in the franchise before it. With this, changes to how the game progresses from adventure segments to battles are said to be largely improved and increased in size. The controls are also said to be receiving a major overhaul.

The title’s original announcement confirmed the use of five major cities based on actual Japanese locations (Tokyo, Sapporo, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Osaka), but the latest information explains how they will connect with the five playable characters.

Ryu ga Gotoku 5: Yume Kanaeshi Mono (Which roughly translates to ‘As Though A Dragon 5: Those Who Fulfill Dreams’) is planned for a December release this year exclusively on PlayStation 3. No discussion of a potential English Yakuza 5 is expected for quite some time.

[Source: Gematsu]

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