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While we’ll need to wait for Yakuza 6: The Song of Life before we can officially deem Kazuma Kiryu’s story done and dusted, Japan already knows what becomes of the Dragon of Dojima. It brings an interesting challenge for Yakuza Studio, as the series is a consistent performer in Japan and is more popular than ever in the West, so it surely can’t stop anytime soon.

One option is to remake the original instalments, of course, and it’s already revealed Yakuza: Kiwami 2. But SEGA’s also getting ready for post-Kiryu life with something it’s calling the ‘New Yakuza Series’ – a set of stories scheduled to take place after Yakuza 6. And the first entry will be Yakuza Online, a new free-to-play title for PC and smartphones.

While we’re not expecting this to launch anytime soon in the West, it will introduce a new character named Ichiban Kasuga, an orphan with a criminal record and ties to the Tojo Clan. In classic Yakuza franchise fashion, his story will pick up after serving a 17 year sentence for a crime that he didn’t commit. Expect the wild-haired hero (?) to feature in future instalments.

[source gematsu.com]