Just a few weeks ago, the gaming world was made aware of the sudden change that would occur in Yakuza’s next outing; the change to turn-based combat. It was a change that mas made waves among the fan base. It’s a drastic from a series that has stuck to the same formula for since it’s first outing back in 2005 with Yakuza (2006 in North America).
There have been some criticisms of a main entry being the experimental pawn to a new style. I get the criticism, it’s a bold move to make, but one that makes sense business-wise. It could’ve been implemented in the recent spin-off Judgement, but given that it was both a spin-off and a product meant to appeal to a national audience with an English-dubbed version being available for the first time since Yakuza 2. And, the main series will likely sell no matter what. A spin-off likely wouldn’t succeed with such a dramatic change.
The series is also in need of some changing. It’s followed a similar formula since it’s creation, so the change might give it a new spark, and now would be the time to do it. Kazuma Kiryu had made his poignant exit, a new setting is expected, and style appears more playful than past chapters in the series. It might fit better for the kind of game this entry looks like it will be.
That’s not to say I don’t think there’s room for concern. The series already has a unique style to it, so it’s questionable why such a change might be needed. Changing to turn-based makes it just another copy of the other JRPG’s that are so popular overseas. It’s a risky move to make at such a time where their popularity is quickly growing.
Yakuza 7 will probably end up being fine. The combat seems to be going well, all things considered. I admittedly don’t expect this to be the norm that the games will now follow. It’s simply a new direction that may or may not influence future games and spin-offs, depending on how well this installment sells. Yakuza is a unique series, and whatever direction it goes, it will surely come back to its roots, eventually.
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