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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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    While the two-time Oscar winner is busy creating a drama concerning the Tham Luang cave rescue for MGM, Ron Howard has found another new project by means of a biopic devoted to acclaimed Chinese pianist Lang Lang, in accordance with

    Based on Lang and David Ritz’s memoir Journey of one thousand Miles, the untitled biopic will chart the musician’s incredible life story from his childhood in the provincial city of Shenyang in Northern China to the peak of the present day global classic music industry, even while his family sacrifices everything to greatly help their son succeed almost.


    Dream, work hard, and always have confidence in yourself,” Lang said in a statement. “This movie, because of Ron Howard’s vision, will inspire teenagers all over the world to check out their dreams rather than forget they’re one in a million.

    Michelle and Kieran Mulroney (Sherlock Homes: A CASINO GAME of Shadows) are mounted on adapt the memoir for the screen, with Brian Grazer set to create the film via his and Howard’s Imagine Entertainment production banner, while Jean-Jacques and Lang Cesbron will executive produce with Polygram Entertainment’s Michele Anthony and David Blackman. Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios are mounted on finance the project.

    Lang Lang’s story is among determination, passion, sacrifice, and locating the inner strength to beat the odds,” Howard and Grazer said in a joint statement. “This film is really a bridge between two cultures that share universal truths concerning the gauntlets we face in the quest for greatness.

    While Howard happens to be awaiting to begin with production on the Thai cave story, Thirteen Lives, he could be likely to begin production on the Lang biopic after in China and the U shortly.S. with both English and Mandarin dialogue.

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