The next game in Sega’s Like a Dragon franchise — the series previously known as Yakuza in the West — was revealed Sunday at the Xbox Games Showcase. That cheeky trailer shows Ichiban Kasuga, star of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, waking up on a beach in the buff, setting up the events of a new game called Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth.
What’s interesting about Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth’s first trailer — outside of Ichiban being completely naked — is where he wakes up: somewhere the locals are all speaking English. So, it’s probably not Yokohama. Maybe Ichiban and the Like a Dragon series are taking a Hawaiian vacation? One thing’s for certain: Like a Dragon’s developer is taking cues from Austin Powers’ repeated gag of showing the shagadelic super spy walking around in the nude, with conveniently placed props covering his junk.
According to a news release from Sega, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth begins when “an unexpected chain of events sets two legendary ex-yakuza, Kasuga Ichiban and Kazuma Kiryu, on a larger-than-life adventure as dual playable protagonists.”
Sega and developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio will likely reveal more about Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth at RGG Summit Summer 2023 later this week. That event streams live on Thursday, and promises “updates about upcoming titles, community efforts, [and] developer discussions.” Fans can also expect more on Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, the spinoff revealed on Thursday at Summer Game Fest 2023 that will bring back former series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu.
Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth is scheduled to be released sometime in early 2024 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.