RGG Studio Dev Comments on Yakuza Kiwami 3 (2024)


  • Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio is considering remaking Yakuza 3, sparking excitement among fans eager for more remakes in the franchise.
  • Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, the latest game from RGG, has been praised for its characters, story, and RPG combat mechanics.
  • While a Yakuza Kiwami 3 isn't in its immediate plans, RGG is open to the idea and may develop it alongside future mainline titles.

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, the team behind the longstanding Like a Dragon franchise, has expressed interest in remaking Yakuza 3, the franchise's third mainline entry that originally released in 2009. The studio had previously remade the first two games of Sega's celebrated Yakuza series, Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza Kiwami 2, in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Ever since, fans have been eager for confirmation of a potential Yakuza 3 remake.

Most recently, Ryu Ga Gotoku has been busy releasing three Like a Dragon games in the past year. Just over a year ago, it released Like a Dragon: Ishin, a remake of the original 2014 spinoff game that had previously only been available in Japan. Bridging Kazuma Kiryu's gap from Yakuza 6: The Song of Life to 2020's Yakuza: Like a Dragon, RGG released Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name late last year in preparation for Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, which launched in January. Touted as the largest mainline Like a Dragon title in the franchise yet, Infinite Wealth is also considered one of the best with its stellar cast of characters, gripping narrative, and satisfying turn-based RPG combat.


Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth Mirrors Yakuza 3 in a Few Key Ways

While the Like a Dragon series has changed a lot over the years, there are still some ways Infinite Wealth parallels Yakuza 3 in its themes and plot.

In a recent livestream held by Ryu Ga Gotoku, Masayoshi Yokoyama, the series director of Like a Dragon, provided some updates on the exciting future of the franchise. Via Gematsu, he first revealed that the team is getting the ball rolling on the casting process for the next mainline game. He later mentioned that this next game won't be Yakuza Kiwami 3, but that the studio is still heavily considering remaking the third game, saying "I think we'll do Kiwami 3 at some point, I think we'll definitely do it sooner or later."

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio Is Considering Making Yakuza Kiwami 3

With Yakuza 3 already having been remastered as recently as 2019 alongside Yakuza 4 and 5, it'll be interesting to see whether Ryu Ga Gotoku is planning to give the franchise the Resident Evil treatment of fully remaking all the early titles for modern fans. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, the final entry in the proper Kiryu saga, was released in 2016 and has yet to receive any sort of remake or remaster treatment at all. Perhaps in time plans to do so will arise, especially if most of the Kiryu saga sees full Kiwami remakes in the coming years. Recent years have seen RGG display its ability to work on several smaller titles alongside its big mainline games, so it may be possible for the studio to develop Yakuza Kiwami 3 and Like a Dragon 9 simultaneously.

I think we'll do Kiwami 3 at some point, I think we'll definitely do it sooner or later.

RGG doesn't currently have any DLC planned for its most recent hit, Infinite Wealth. With that said, it'll likely be several years before the studio is ready to reveal its next mainline title, as it's only just begun the early casting process. However, there's always the possibility of smaller-scale spinoffs such as Like a Dragon: Ishin,Gaiden, or Judgment to be released in the meantime. As for Yakuza Kiwami 3, fans will likely have to wait several more years for more concrete information.

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The third installment in Toshihiro Nagoshi's Like a Dragon franchise sees series protagonist Kiryu take over an orphanage on the island of Okinawa. When the deed to the orphanage is stolen though, he's forced to return to the familiar streets ofKamurocho and the life he'd sworn to leave behind.

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RGG Studio Dev Comments on Yakuza Kiwami 3 (2024)


RGG Studio Dev Comments on Yakuza Kiwami 3? ›

RGG Says Yakuza Kiwami 3 is "Definitely" Happening

Will RGG make Kiwami 3? ›

The team goes on to confirm that the next title is not Kiwami 3 — a remake of Yakuza 3, which originally released for the PS3 all the way back in 2009.

Is Yakuza Kiwami 3 confirmed? ›

However, series director Masayoshi Yokoyama has clarified that the recent auditions are for the next Like a Dragon, and will not be for Kiwami 3. Though, he then continues and says that doing Kiwami 3 is a certainty. "I'm just going to say, I think we'll do a Kiwami 3 at some point.

Is Yakuza Kiwami inappropriate? ›

Yakuza Kiwami contains some sexual content but is not as bad as future titles. There are some references to sex but no sex scenes or nudity is shown. Some scenes contain usage of cigarettes. Overall: Restricted 14 Note: Violence, Strong Language, Sexual Refrences, Drug Use and Disturbing Content.

How long was Yakuza 3 in development? ›

Yakuza 3 character designing began shortly after the completion of Ryū ga Gotoku Kenzan! in 2008 with a three-week project phase followed by an eight months production.

Is Judgement 3 cancelled? ›

Judgement 3 was apparently announced cancelled in 2021 due to Contract disputes with Yagami's actor, Takuya Kimura. Mostly issues with his Talent Agency. Mabye it's been settled by now, knowing it came after LJ was announced and people thought a PC port was not gonna be a thing.

Where is majima after Goromi? ›

Majima will continue to roam the streets and if Kiryu successfully defeats him three times they will be able to encounter Goromi. After he is defeated, Majima will later hide inside a giant traffic cone. Finding and defeating him in battle will bring Majima Everywhere to the next rank.

Is goro majima in Yakuza 3? ›

He is also featured as a supporting character in Yakuza/Yakuza Kiwami, Yakuza 2/Yakuza Kiwami 2, Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4, Yakuza 5, Yakuza 6, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, and Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth.

What year does Yakuza Kiwami 3 take place? ›

Yakuza Kiwami (a remake of Yakuza on PS2, takes place in 2005) Yakuza Kiwami 2 (a remake of Yakuza 2 on PS2, takes place in 2006) Yakuza 3 (takes place in 2009)

How old is Kiryu in Kiwami? ›

Yakuza/Yakuza Kiwami: 1995-2005

At 27 years old, Kiryu has become the lieutenant advisor of the Dojima Family, and is on his way to start a family of his own. After completing his final debt collecting job from Peace Finance, Kiryu is informed that Yumi had been kidnapped by Sohei Dojima.

Is Yakuza Kiwami 0? ›

Yakuza 0 was followed up by a remake of the original game, Yakuza Kiwami, the next chronological installment of the series.

What is the weirdest Yakuza game? ›

So, even if they are unusual, here are some of the strangest minigames you can find in the Yakuza series.
  • 10 Mesuking. What do you get when you combine bugs, rock-paper-scissors, and women wrestlers? ...
  • 9 Majima Construction. ...
  • 8 Pocket Racing. ...
  • 7 Real Estate Royale. ...
  • 6 Tatsuya Ramen. ...
  • 5 Idol Handshake. ...
  • 4 Spearfishing. ...
  • 3 Disco Time.
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Is Yakuza 0 kid friendly? ›

The game is set in 80s Japan during the bubble economy - which means that the backdrop is a time of sex, booze and gangsters. Which should be enough to keep kids away from the title.

Is Yakuza Kiwami 3 coming out? ›

While a Yakuza Kiwami 3 isn't in its immediate plans, RGG is open to the idea and may develop it alongside future mainline titles.

Is Yakuza 4 easier than 3? ›

4 is a cake walk. Although later on in the story you are going to play as a char that might remind you of three. He has a rough start, but it is still easier than 3. Yakuza 4 is 10 times easier than 3 and enemies rarely block.

What is the longest Yakuza game? ›

To date, Yakuza 5 is also the longest entry in the series. As a result of all this, it would take around 260 hours just to get through the (great) stories of each game and a total of 938.5 hours to see everything they have to offer.

Is majima in Yakuza 3? ›

He is also featured as a supporting character in Yakuza/Yakuza Kiwami, Yakuza 2/Yakuza Kiwami 2, Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4, Yakuza 5, Yakuza 6, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, and Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth.

Who is Kiryu daughter in Yakuza Kiwami? ›

After Yumi's death, Kiryu decides to adopt Haruka and start a new life. In Yakuza 2, she is 10 years old. Haruka has lived with Kiryu as her adoptive father since the events of the first game. In the beginning of the game, she stays at Sunflower Orphanage while Kiryu investigates Terada's murder.

How long is Yakuza Kiwami 3? ›

Making its first appearance exclusively on the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, the rich story and vibrant world of Yakuza 3 lets players engage in intense brutal clashes within the streets ... Read More. How long is Yakuza 3? When focusing on the main objectives, Yakuza 3 is about 16½ Hours in length.

What was cut from Yakuza Kiwami 2? ›

The original Yakuza 2 had an Osaka district called Shinseicho, which was cut from the remake entirely. The original Yakuza 2 also featured a substory which featured Kamurocho Lullaby in its entirety, despite the game not even featuring a karaoke mode.


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