Yakuza: Like a Dragon devs say Xbox Series X is "as powerful as a high-spec gaming PC"

By Heidi Nicholas,
Yakuza Series Chief Producer Masayoshi Yokoyama discussed optimising Yakuza: Like a Dragon for Xbox Series X and the experience of developing on the next-gen Xbox console.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Earlier this week, Sega dropped a new — and brilliantly bizarre — Yakuza: Like a Dragon Xbox Series X trailer. Over on the accompanying Xbox wire post, Yokoyama says, "being able to develop Yakuza: Like a Dragon on Xbox Series X gave us an opportunity to develop the game at a much higher performance level than we’ve ever been able achieve before. Seeing the game run at a smooth 60fps gameplay experience or in native 4K with near-instant load times is incredible." Yokoyama adds that "the hardware was easy to develop on, it’s incredible to develop on a platform that’s as powerful as a high-spec gaming PC."

Yakuza: Like a Dragon launches on both Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S in November and features Smart Delivery, which Yokoyama describes as a great way "to make Like a Dragon more accessible across console generations," adding, "I think it’s great that players have more hardware options and the ability across console generations with their favourite games whenever they want. Being able to bring their save data along seamlessly is also a nice addition."

Yakuza: Like a Dragon is the story of Ichiban Kasuga, who returns from an 18-year stint in prison to find that his clan no longer exists. He heads out on a mission to find out what happened to his family, every now and again making detours into such necessary activities as arcade games, go-karting, and sight-seeing. According to Yokoyama, one of the most exciting parts of having the game on the Xbox Series X is "the reduction in loading times due to the SSD, it’s nearly instantaneous; there’s not even time to read the loading screen tips!" Yakuza: Like a Dragon launches on November 10th.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've been a staff writer for TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies since 2019. I love open-worlders, RPGs, and fantasy games, am obsessed with tea, and forever loyal to The Witcher 3 and Red Dead 2.