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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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    Quibi Unveils Trailer for New Episodes of 50 States of Fright

    Quibi unveils trailer for new episodes of 50 States of Fright Quibi has unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming new chapters in the Sam Raimi-produced horror anthology series 50 States of Fright which explores terrifying stories from every state in the country. The trailer can be viewed in the player below! RELATED: CS Interview: Sam Raimi on Quibi’s 50 States of Fright After launching with episodes of tales from Michigan, Kansan, Oregon, Minnesota and Florida, the season will continue with new stories from Iowa, Washington, Colorado and Missouri and will once again feature an ensemble roster of talent both in front of and behind the camera including Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Lulu Wilson (Becky), Victoria Justice (Victorious), Jacob Batalon (Spider-Man: Far From Home) and Scott Beck & Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place). Iowa: Almost There – With the ghost of her dead mother terrorizing her, an engineer must fix a turbine in the middle of Iowa while a storm rages.  Written by: Scott Beck & Bryan Woods Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Katie Stuart Washington: 13 Steps to Hell – When a sister descends a strange underground stairwell adjacent to an overgrown Washington cemetery to retrieve her little brother’s lost toy, she finds more than she bargained for at the bottom of the steps. Written by: Sarah Conradt Directed by: Lee Cronin Starring: Rory Culkin, Lulu Wilson Colorado: Red Rum – When a bunch of “influencers” descend on Colorado’s most haunted hotel, they find themselves the victims of a bunch of spirits who just want to be left alone. Written by: Daniel Goldhaber and Isa Mazzei Directed by: Daniel Goldhaber Starring: Christina Ricci, Jacob Batalon, Victoria Justice, Colin Ford Missouri: Dogwood – Azalea – When a young girl moves to a new town in rural Missouri with her family, she makes a new friend of a very old and angry soul. Written by: Cate Devaney Directed by: Cate Devaney Starring: Erica Tremblay, Elizabeth Reaser, Warren Christie RELATED: The Haunting of Bly Manor Featurette: Go Behind-the-Scenes with Creator Mike Flanagan 50 States of Fright is executive-produced by Raimi and Debbie Liebling through PDO 3, Van Toffler, Tony DiSanto, Cody Zwieg, Barry Barclay, Tommy Coriale, and Chris Mangano and is set to return on October 28! 

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