Like a Dragon 8: Release window, trailer, characters & more

Nathan Warby
An image of Ichiban and Kiryu from the Like A Dragon 8 trailer.Sega

Yakuza Like A Dragon 8 is the next entry in Sega‘s flashy and occasionally wacky franchise. The beat em’ up turned turn-based RPG series is one of the most unique gaming series out there. Here’s everything we know about the game so far, including the release window, trailer, characters & more.

The Yakuza series is well known for its quirky but often insightful look at Japan’s criminal underworld, paired with over-the-top combat and hilarious side activities.

This extra layer of silliness is one of the reasons Yakuza has gone on to be an incredibly successful franchise since its debut back in 2005, producing seven mainline titles and numerous spin-offs.

The eighth installment of the franchise, Like A Dragon 8 is officially on the way, and we’ve put together everything we know about the game so far, from it’s release window, trailer, characters and more.


Is there a Like A Dragon 8 release window?

Like A Dragon 8 is officially set to release in 2024. Unfortunately, there is no confirmed release date just yet but rest assured the game is on the way as it was officially revealed during the RGG Summit stream at the 2022 Tokyo Games Show.

An image of upcoming Sega releases in the Yakuza franchise, including Like A Dragon 8.Sega
Like A Dragon 8 will release in 2024.

Like A Dragon 8 trailer

The first look at Like A Dragon 8 was revealed on September 14, 2022. The announcement trailer featured a cinematic of long-standing protagonist Kiryu Kazuma and Like A Dragon’s Ichiban Kasuga – who replaced Kiryu alongside a new supporting cast in the series’ seventh installment.

From the brief glimpse shown in the trailer, it looks like both beloved characters will be working together in the eighth game.

You can check out the trailer below:

Yakuza 8 characters

Alongside Ichiban and Kiryu now being confirmed, fans got a first peek at a handful of characters that will feature in the game earlier this year.

MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura uploaded a video of a Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio tour, the developers of the Yakuza games, and a small section of it showed off three characters that players will recognize. On the monitors, you can see Ichiban Kasuga, Koichi Adachi, and Yu Nanba from 2020’s Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

Ichiban was that game’s protagonist, while Koichi Adachi and Yu Nanba were his old friends.

Like A Dragon 8 gameplay

While the first trailer for Yakuza 8 didn’t show off any gameplay footage, as this is a sequel to Like a Dragon, we have a good idea of what the gameplay could entail.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon was the first game to abandon the real-time beat ’em up action the series is known for in favor of a turn-based approach. Given that Yakuza 8 is a sequel, it wouldn’t be surprising for the new combat system to return.


While the Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio tour didn’t go into where Yakuza 8 might be set, a follow-up story from Famitsu revealed that the next game will see a “new town” introduced. It’s unclear at this time if this is in addition to Isezaki Ijincho (based on the real Isezakichō district of Yokohama) from Yakuza 7 being expanded on, or if players can look forward to a totally different setting.

That was everything we know so far about Yakuza Like A Dragon 8, we’ll be sure to keep this page updated with all the latest details. In the meantime, be sure to check out some of the other biggest upcoming releases:

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