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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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    It was a tale of two weekends as Demon Slayer and Mortal Kombat, both big earners in their initial outings, dropped 70% and 73% in Week 2 and returned the budding box office back to pandemic normalcy. Demon Slayer, already a champion worldwide with a $456.1 million gross, topped the charts (despite playing in fewer theaters than MK) with $6.4M bringing its domestic total to $32.2M, while Mortal Kombat collected $6.2M for a $34M 10-day total.RELATED: IMAX Update: Chinese Films Debut, Demon Slayer Hits MilestoneMortal Kombat’s drop follows the trend of most video game movies aside from the surprise hit Sonic: the Hedgehog. In 2005, Doom dropped 73% in Week 2, while 2001’s Tomb Raider plummeted 59%. Per Deadline, even 1995’s Mortal Kombat fell 56% in its sophomore frame after clearing $25M its opening weekend. So, while the decline is troublesome, it’s not unexpected.Similarly, Demon Slayer never had much appeal domestically beyond its core audience and will happily settle for its half-billion-dollar worldwide gross.RELATED: Morbius Release Date: Jared Leto-Led Film Gets Slightly Pushed BackThe only other new release was Separation, which collected $1.8M from 1,751 theaters.Elsewhere, Godzilla vs. Kong hauled in another $2.74M to bring its domestic tally to $90.3M.1.) Demon Slayer (Fun/Ani) 1,870 theaters (+281)/Fri $1.81M/Sat $2.66M/Sun $1.9M/3-day $6.4M (-70%) Total: $32.2M/ Wk 22.) Mortal Kombat (New Line/WB), 3,114 theaters (+41) /Fri, $1.85M, 3-day $6.2M (-73%) Total: $34M/Wk 23.) Godzilla vs. Kong (WB/Leg) 2,573 theaters (-103),/ 3-day: $2.74M (-36%) Total: $90.3M/Wk 54.) Separation (OR) 1,751 theaters, Fri $675K, Sat $680K, Sun $476K, 3-day $1.8M/Wk 15.) Raya and the Last Dragon (Dis) 1,810 theaters (-9), Fri $350K/Sat $605K/Sun $380k/ 3-day: $1.33M (-22%) Total: $41.5M/Wk 96.) Nobody (Uni) 2,056 theaters (-196) Fri $360K/Sat $560K/Sun $340K/3-day: $1.26M (-28%) Total $23.3M/Wk 67.) The Unholy (Sony) 1,538 theaters (-297) /Fri $305K/Sat $465K/Sun $295K/$1.06M (-27%) Total: $13.1M/Wk 58.) Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (re) (Uni) 152 theaters, Fri $340K/Sat $230K/Sun $150K/$720K Total: $32.4M/Wk 5609.) Tom & Jerry (WB) 1,209 theaters (-334), 3-day: $515K (-29%)/Total: $44.2M/Wk 1010.) Together Together (BST) 659 theaters (-6), Fri $95K, Sat $132,7K, Sun $85K, 3-day: $313K (-41%) Total: $1.02M/Wk 2

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    Tenet Remains Atop Quiet Box Office

    Tenet Remains Atop Quiet Box Office The domestic box office continued its sluggish march through the month of September with another mediocre showing. Per Deadline, Tenet remained atop the charts with $3.4M, down some 26% from last week, which brings its total to $41.2M at 2,850 locations in the U.S. Globally, Christopher Nolan’s epic has risen to $283.2M thanks to strong showings in China ($64.3M), UK ($19.6M), France ($18M), Germany ($14.6M) and Korea ($13.1M). Pic also collected $355K from Imax venues. RELATED: New Travis Scott Music Video Franchise Debuts With Tenet in IMAX Meanwhile, coming in at No. 5 on the box office chart was the re-release of Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back, which grossed $908,000 on 2,097 theaters. Otherwise, The New Mutants held onto the No. 2 spot with $1,147,000, and Unhinged remained at No. 3 with $1,000,000. At No. 4 was Jun-Soo Park’s Break the Silence, which earned $980K in its first week of release from 515 theaters. Meanwhile, Infidel pulled in $745,000 in the No. 6 spot and The Broken Hearts Gallery managed $470,000 at No. 7 and new releases Shortcut, Akira, The Last Shift, and Kajillionaire occupied the final four spots with $305K, $270K, $235K, and $215K, respectively.

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