Yakuza 0's combat will be turn-based going forward

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Following the reveal of Lost Judgment, an interview with studio director Ryu Ga Gotoku, Toshihiro Nagoshi, and producer Kazuki Hosokawa, appeared on IGN. Lost Judgment brings Ryu Ga Gotoku back to his action and combat roots, leaving many fans wondering if this meant the series Yakuza would also revert to that style after last year's Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

Speaking to IGN, Nagoshi and Hosokawa confirmed that the Judgment series will continue the studio's action game style, while Yakuza will continue to evolve as a turn-based RPG. “The Yakuza series has been turned into a turn-based RPG,” they told IGN. “On the other hand, over the years, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has amassed resources and know-how to make flashy and exciting action games that are easy to enjoy. We decided that we should let our unique action gameplay live up to Lost Judgment. "

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GameBlog's Romain Mahut was present at a virtual "Judgment Day" event that followed the reveal of the Lost Judgment and asked if the studio considered using turn-based combat similar to that of Yakuza: Like a Dragon for the Lost Judgment. “For Yakuza: Like a Dragon, we changed the battle system from the action game to a turn-based RPG,” Nagoshi said in response. “This was a big challenge for us, but it was well received, which we were excited to hear. We discussed the possibility of developing this battle system even further for our next title, and while we can follow the turn-based system even outside the Yakuza series, the conclusion we came to was that, because it is a different series, the best approach would be to keep them separate and refine what makes each series great. I hope our customers feel the same way we do. That's why we chose 'action' 

Nagoshi also said in the Judgment Day video that he believes that, when possible, a simultaneous global release is "the right way forward" and that the team is "determined to make every effort to support this in all of their games going forward." . ” This is significant as the Yakuza series has a long tradition of Western release releases years after the Japanese version. After Yakuza's success in the West, release windows have shrunk, but Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which debuted last year, still had a 10-month gap between Japanese and worldwide releases.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon is available now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, while Lost Judgment arrives on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 24.

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