The developers of the Yakuza series, Sega, is having a pretty good run this year as it’s set to release the latest installment of the game Yakuza 6, next month. Yakuza Kiwami 2 for PS4 has also been announced to release in the US later this summer.
And now, as if to sweeten the deal, the series producer Daisuke Sato during a Yakuza themed event at the Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California hinted at a sequel for the Yakuza 0. He mentioned that the Yakuza 0 was a game that is loved even within the Yakuza development team. And this has led to the idea of a sequel has seen some shuffling among the departments. The game would ideally be set between the events of Yakuza 0 and the first Yakuza game.
This was only hinted at by Sato who did not confirm if there is any such game in the works or planned for the future. But he did confirm that a project code-named Shin Yakuza is currently being developed and will include new locations to visit. And the game will be set after the events of Yakuza 6, giving much moved previous characters a chance to make an appearance.
Details about the Shin Yakuza project is scanty, though it is common knowledge that the next protagonist’s name will be Ichiban Kasuga. Ichiban Kasuga, is reportedly a different character from Kazuma Kiryu who is the protagonist in the previous game. Kazuma Kiryu is popular with money and support of friends, while Ichiban Kasuga comes from the low ranks in the Yakuza and has to make his way through.
Tekken fans who are fans of the Yakuza series as well will be excited to know that Sato has mentioned that Kazuma Kiryu could be in Tekken 7 if Producer Katsushiro Harada likes the idea and the team would think about it.