Game Pass has "contributed largely" to Yakuza's popularity in the West

By Sean Carey,

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio head Masayoshi Yokoyama believes Xbox Game Pass and other subscription services have contributed in helping the Yakuza series flourish in the West.

The Yakuza series gradually made its way to Xbox over the past two years, and each title, including the latest game in the franchise, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, has joined both Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass. Speaking in a recent interview with Twinfinite, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio's Masayoshi Yokoyama said that he believes subscription services like Game Pass have helped the Yakuza series grow in the west.

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio head says Game Pass "contributed largely to the increase in audience" for Yakuza series

Yakuz 0

"In terms of audience, I think the West has especially increased," Yokoyama said. "It’s hard to tell if that’s thanks to multiplatform or if it’s because we changed the genre and protagonist from Yakuza: Like a Dragon as a new series, or both.

"Personally, I do think subscriptions like Game Pass, allowing people to play the previous games over the years, have contributed largely to the increase in audience."

Last month, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio announced three new Yakuza Like a Dragon titles: Like a Dragon 8, Like A Dragon: Ishin, and Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name. Both Ishin and Gaiden are set to release for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One in 2023, and Like a Dragon 8 will launch for both consoles in 2024. Nothing has been mentioned regarding day one Game Pass releases for these new games, but considering Yokoyama is clearly a fan, hopefully, these will also all drop into the service.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon features on our list of the best Game Pass games. Do you agree it deserves a place on our list? Which new Like a Dragon games are you looking forward to? Let us know!
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Avid Xbox and achievement fan, Sean has committed to playing the best RPGs, racing games, and first-person shooters Xbox Game Pass and his precious free time will allow. Prior to joining TrueAchievements, Sean gained a degree in journalism from Solent University.
View discussion...
Hide ads