Sega has announced that the next entry in its crime-filled dramedy series, Yakuza: Like A Dragon, will feature English voice overs for its worldwide release. Yakuza games have traditionally used Japanese voice work with subtitles–exceptions being the very first entry on PS2 and the recent spin-off Judgment–so this is a major development for the franchise.
Along with the news of the English voice cast, Yakuza: Like A Dragon now has a release window (but not a specific date). The game will launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC in November this year, while the Xbox Series X version will launch alongside the console itself–whenever that ends up being. A PlayStation 5 version is now confirmed, but Sega states that the game “will release at later date.” Xbox One owners can upgrade to the Series X version via Smart Delivery, and an Sega says that an “upgrade path is also being planned” for the PS5 version.
The most notable member on the voice cast is actor George Takei who will be playing Masumi Arakawa, a key character who runs the Arakawa family of the series-staple Tojo Clan. Main character Kasuga Ichiban belongs to that yakuza family, which an important piece to the story.