Yakuza: Like A Dragon’s PlayStation 5 Upgrade Isn’t Coming Until March 2021

Yakuza: Like A Dragon’s PlayStation 5 Upgrade Isn’t Coming Until March 2021

Yakuza fans who are used to getting their fix on PlayStation consoles up until now might be a little disappointed with today’s news. Developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio took to Twitter to share the news that the upcoming Yakuza: Like A Dragon will be headed to PlayStation 5 as a free upgrade for PlayStation 4 owners, but not until March 2, 2021.

This is in contrast to the Xbox Series S|X version of the game which is set to release on the same day as the (current) current-gen version as well as the PlayStation 4 version at launch. That date has moved forward slightly as well, with these platforms now launching on the same day as the Series S|X hardware on November 10, 2020. RGG Studio also clarified that owners of the game on disc for PS4 would still be able to upgrade to PS5 for free, but that save data won’t transfer from one version to the next.

It’s certainly an interesting move on RGG Studio/SEGA’s part given the game has been out in Japan, where its primary audience is, since January on PlayStation 4. This presumably means that the next-gen version of Yakuza: Like A Dragon will also be an Xbox exclusive in Japan, a region where Xbox has traditionally performed quite poorly, for four entire months. Whether that helps push the Series S|X launch in the Japanese market remains to be seen but it’s bold – I’ll give them that.

You can see RGG Studio’s tweets below, including some nice-looking PlayStation 5 cutscene and gameplay footage:

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