Sega has uploaded a new trailer for Yakuza: Like a Dragon and it's got a real treat for fans. Happening towards the end of the roughly 11-minute story overview, a central figure from the series' past makes an appearance. If you'd like to remain in the dark until after viewing the trailer, take this as your formal spoiler warning.

It's hard to really uncover what is going on without a knowledge of Japanese. With the game set to launch in January for the region, it only makes sense that a fully subtitled trailer isn't ready just yet. We do get some absolutely exquisite shots of protagonist Ichiban eating bread, which makes me hungry just looking at it.

It's not until roughly the 10:10 mark that the cameo shows up.

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Yes, it looks as if the Dragon of Dojima himself, Kiryu Kazuma, will feature in Yakuza: Like a Dragon. After stating that Yakuza 6 would be Kiryu's last leading role, fans seemed to have misunderstood what developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios had in mind. It's unlikely that Kiryu will be a party member in this new entry, though he will have something to do with the overall plot.

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My theory is that Kiryu will be taking the place of hidden boss Amon. Amon has been in every Yakuza game (including the spin-offs KenzanIshin, and Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise), so maybe he's retired and put Kiryu in charge of challenging the player. Whatever the case, his presence seems to contradict Ryu Ga Gotoku's previous statements of being finished with the character.

It's still a nice surprise to see him show up. Every time Kiryu enters a room, his unmistakable charisma makes the scene incredible. He's one of the best characters in video games and it would be silly to complain about him being a part of this latest entry.

Fans might be upset that Like a Dragon is shying away from the series' traditional formula, but this RPG focused entry does look to be shaping up well. The newer trailers show a darker atmosphere, the main protagonist looks intriguing, and the Dragon Engine is being put to wonderful use. 2020 can't come soon enough!

Source: Famitsu

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