Next ‘Like a Dragon’ Game Won’t Be A ‘Yakuza 3’ Remake

With the success of Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, it’s no surprise that Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio (RGG Studio) are already gearing up for the next game in the franchise. The team has confirmed it won’t be Yakuza Kiwami 3, a remake of 2009’s Yakuza 3, but not all hope is lost — series director Masayoshi Yokohama shared that will happen at some point.

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“It’s interesting, new work. It’s strange for me to say that, but it’s probably better to deny it properly since it’s been written so much, but it’s not [Yakuza] Kiwami 3,” he said in a new episode of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio TV. “I’ll just say that I think Kiwami 3 at some point. I’m sure I’ll do it someday.”

RGG Studio also revealed that it’s in the process of hosting character auditions for the new Like a Dragon project. Naturally, there are no details yet, but it’ll likely be a mainline continuation after Infinite Wealth, or a spin-off title like Like a Dragon: Ishin!.

The franchise has come a long way since its its early days. Following its debut in late January this year, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth sold one million copies within its first week and scored the series’ most successful launch on Steam to date. It clocked a peak concurrent player count of 46,161, breaking the previous record set by Like a Dragon: The Man Who Erased His Name.

Yakuza 3, meanwhile, was originally released for the PlayStation 3. A remaster containing all cut content was released in Japan in 2018 and later, worldwide in 2019.