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Yakuza Combat Will Forward Be Turn-Based Going

Following the reveal of Lost Judgment, an interview with Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio director Toshihiro Nagoshi and producer Kazuki Hosokawa has surfaced on IGN. Lost Judgment brings Ryu Ga Gotoku back to its action-combat roots, leaving many fans to wonder if that meant the Yakuza series would also return to that style following last year's Yakuza: Like a Dragon.Speaking to IGN, Nagoshi and Hosokawa confirmed that the Judgment series will carry on the studio's action style of gameplay, while Yakuza will continue to evolve as a turn-based RPG. "The Yakuza series has been transformed into a turn-based RPG," they told IGN. "On the other hand, over the years, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has accumulated resources and know-how of making flashy and exhilarating action games that are effortless to enjoy. We decided that we should let our signature action gameplay live on through Lost Judgment." Yakuza: Like a Dragon's turn-based combat Romain Mahut of GameBlog was in attendance at a virtual "Judgment Day" event that followed the Lost Judgment reveal and asked if the studio considered using turn-based combat similar to that of Yakuza: Like a Dragon for Lost Judgment. "For Yakuza: Like a Dragon, we changed the game's battle system from action into a turn-based RPG," Nagoshi said in response. "This was a huge challenge for us, but it was well-received, which we were thrilled to hear. We did discuss the possibility of developing that battle system further for our next title, and while we may pursue the turn-based system even outside the Yakuza series, the conclusion we ended up at was that because this is a different series, the best approach would be to keep them separate and refine what makes each series great. It's my hope that our customers feel the same way we do. That's why we chose 'action' as an important keyword for the Judgment series.  Nagoshi also said on the Judgment Day video he believes that, when possible, a simultaneous global launch is "the right way to go" and that the team has "determined to make every effort to support this for all [its] games moving forward." This is significant as the Yakuza series has a long tradition of Western versions releasing years after the Japanese version. Following the success of Yakuza 0 in the West, the release windows have narrowed, but Yakuza: Like a Dragon, which debuted last year, still had a 10-month gap between the Japanese and worldwide releases. Lost Judgment's action-oriented combat Yakuza: Like a Dragon is available now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, while Lost Judgment comes to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 24. For more on what we thought about Yakuza: Like a Dragon, check out our review here. For more on the history of the Yakuza series, read our retrospective featuring interviews with Nagoshi and other members of the team here. For more information on Nagoshi's career, you can read our profile on him here. [Source: IGN, Sega of America on YouTube]

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    HyperBrawl Tournament: The Multiplayer Sports-Brawler Launches October 20 on Xbox One

    Have you ever felt that sports games just needed a little something extra? Some futuristic weapons perhaps? Maybe some superhero-like abilities? Well, you’re in luck, because our upcoming sports-brawler, HyperBrawl Tournament, has all that and more. Let’s jump in!

    HyperCurve your way to victory

    In HyperBrawl, your ultimate goal is to outscore your opponent. Because simply throwing a ball isn’t necessarily that exciting on its own, we added a twist; the HyperCurve. This gravity-defying ability lets you control the ball mid-air, which helps you avoid opponents and obstacles – or, you know, accidentally knocking out your teammate, if they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The HyperCurve also just happens to be pretty sweet for scoring epic goals by the way. Check out the video below for a quick rundown of how it works.

    Weapons can make all the difference, so choose wisely

    HyperBrawl has a bunch of different weapons. These range from offensive options like the Slam Hammer, great for KO’ing opponents, to more defensive ones like the Sentry Shield, which can block incoming throws. You pick your weapon loadout before every match, and since you can see what your opponent is going with, I definitely recommend keeping an eye on their selections, so you can counter if need be. Going into a match with the right loadout at the right time goes a long way toward securing that win.

    Assemble your team

    Weapons aren’t the only thing you’ve got to think about going into a match. Each team picks two heroes (of our 12 available at launch) who come in three different classes. The Swift heroes are fast and agile, but easier to knock out. The Tank heroes are slow but durable, and can make for great goalkeepers. Finally, the Core heroes are somewhere in the middle, if you prefer a more balanced approach.

    Any hero can use any weapon, so it’s entirely up to you how you prefer to play. HyperBrawl also includes a ton of customisation options unlocked through gameplay, so no matter who you brawl with, you’ll look awesome doing it!

    HyperBrawl Tournament

    Play online or offline, alone or with friends

    HyperBrawl is for everyone, as it’s easy to pick up, but allows for a ton of room to grow, if you want to become one of the very best. A great place to start are the Trials and Advanced Trials, which not only take you through the game’s very basics, but also test your skills and everything you’ve learned. This is a great way to practice without needing to deal with pesky opponents.

    Once you know the fundamentals, we’ve got a single-player campaign, where you’ll be competing for some pretty sweet in-game trophies across a number of difficulty levels. If you feel up to the challenge, you can jump into Blitz, which is our main online mode, complete with global leaderboards ranked by Wins, KOs and Goals. This is where you can see how you stack up against the world.

    If you want to play with your friends, you can invite up to 3 others, either locally or online, and our Party system allows you to combine local and online players any way you want.

    A power-up to even the odds

    I started this blog by teasing superhero-like abilities, but have only mentioned one so far; let’s throw in a second one for good measure.

    For the times where things just aren’t going your way, you’re able to channel the HyperForce, which boosts your hero strength and speed to help even the odds. When activated, your character is even hit by a lightning strike, so your opponent knows you mean business. Beware, however, as HyperForce makes you strong – but not invincible. Check out the video below for more on this powerful ability.

    Launching October 20

    I’ve only really scratched the surface here today, as HyperBrawl Tournament has a lot more fun things to discover – and you’ll be able to do just that when it launches on Xbox One on October 20. In the meantime, follow us on Twitter, find more information on our website, check out our deep dives on YouTube, or consider signing up to our newsletter for some exclusive rewards and prizes.

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