What Counts as a Spin-off at This Point?
After all, a spin-off is often a chance to tell new stories or experiment with new gameplay styles. Yakuza: Like A Dragon has all the features of a spin-off with its drastic departure from previous games in the series – especially given that the previous spin-off, Judgement, has a lot more in common with previous games on a gameplay level.
Still, that doesn’t mean that the series doesn’t have new additions on the way, and given the massive success of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, it’s possible that this is the new normal for the franchise, and the previous beat-em-up gameplay will be delegated to spin-off’s – and according to one leaker, we have one in the works already.
Posting on 4chan, the anonymous leaker claims that the new game will be based on Yakuza Online, a Japan-exclusive mobile game. Given the fact that the series is bigger than ever, perhaps they’ll want to bring it to a wider audience?
Accompanying the announcement – if you want to call it that – were some screenshots of what appears to be a dev build, albeit the images are lower quality than you’d expect from a modern game. It’s also worth noting that, well… the announcement came from an anonymous source posting on 4chan, which isn’t exactly the most accurate source on the internet.