Join gaming leaders, alongside GamesBeat and Facebook Gaming, for their 2nd Annual GamesBeat & Facebook Gaming Summit | GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2 this upcoming January 25-27, 2022. Learn more about the event. 


The Yakuza series is getting a new entry with Like A Dragon, and it will be a launch title for Xbox Series X.

Microsoft revealed Yakuza: Like A Dragon during its Xbox 20/20 gameplay event today focused on third-party games. Yakuza is from Sega, and this is the eighth installment (counting the prequel, Yakuza 0) in the open-world franchise. Combined, the franchise has sold over 12 million copies.

Yakuza will also support Smart Delivery, which means that Like A Dragon is also coming to Xbox One. If you buy it for the older platform, you’ll get it for free (with crossplay) on Series X. This will encourage people to keep buying games for their Xbox One even when the Series X launch looms. And right now, Sony has not announced something similar to Smart Delivery for PlayStation 5, which could give Microsoft an advantage going into the start of the next generation of consoles.

The games focus on the Japanese crime world. Most entries have been focused on real-time action, but Like A Dragon is a turn-based role-playing game. It has been available in Japan since January but only for PlayStation 4. Securing the title for the launch of its new console gives Microsoft something that should please fans of Japanese games.

GamesBeat

GamesBeat's creed when covering the game industry is "where passion meets business." What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you -- not just as a decision-maker at a game studio, but also as a fan of games. Whether you read our articles, listen to our podcasts, or watch our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy engaging with it. How will you do that? Membership includes access to:
  • Newsletters, such as DeanBeat
  • The wonderful, educational, and fun speakers at our events
  • Networking opportunities
  • Special members-only interviews, chats, and "open office" events with GamesBeat staff
  • Chatting with community members, GamesBeat staff, and other guests in our Discord
  • And maybe even a fun prize or two
  • Introductions to like-minded parties
Become a member