RGG Studio has shared in a new interview that next week's PS5, PS4 game Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name originally started out as DLC for the next mainline entry Infinite Wealth. Speaking to Automaton, it is revealed by director Masayoshi Yokoyama that Kiryu's latest story began life as DLC, but since the team thought it was "engaging enough" to get a physical version, more content was added so it could be spun out into its own standalone game.
Yokoyama added: "We could have just told of Kiryu’s past through a thirty-minute interlude as part of Like a Dragon 8, but we decided it would be a lot more interesting as a game of its own, which is how the project came to be. Though this meant having a whole extra game to make, it still uses the same engine, so we thought 'It’s not like we have to make it from scratch,' and decided to go with it."
It is also revealed in the interview that Like a Dragon Gaiden was developed in "about half a year", which came about from Yokoyama pushing for the project. "I said: 'If you’re going to make an episode about Kiryu’s past, it’s going to be much quicker to make a game about it.'" Including Like a Dragon: Ishin!, RGG Studio will have released three Like a Dragon titles in the space of a year, all of which were done by "one team for the most part".
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name launches for PS5, PS4 next week on 9th November 2023, and then Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth continues the story of Ichiban Kasuga on 26th January 2024. Will you play both? Share your Yakuza plans in the comments below.