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Like a Dragon Gaiden Early Story and Characters Revealed

Sega revealed what will happen in the first few hours of Like a Dragon Gaiden, as well as more details on some of the major characters. Kiryu will start the game as part of the Daidoji Faction. However, circumstances will push him back into the yakuza world, where he goes up against the Omi Alliance. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

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By faking his death, Kiryu was finally able to break free of his past as a yakuza. However, this means he lost both his future and his contact with his loved ones. So now, he works as an agent in the Daidoji Faction. One day, he receives orders to guard a smuggling operation at Yokohama Harbor. It seems that Kiryu has trouble fitting in with his colleagues, and he feels that his life is hollow due to the disparity between his past, abilities, and present.

During the job, a mysterious group appears and forces the operation to grind to a halt since no one was supposed to know about it. The group recognizes Kiryu and realizes he’s alive. Since Kiryu can’t just let them go with that information, he’s forced to once again enter the yakuza world.

Here are some of the characters who’ll play an important part in the story of Like a Dragon Gaiden:

  • Akame (First Summer Uika)
    Akame is an odd-jobs girl who resides in Sotenbori. Through the Akame Network all around town, she doesn’t let even a single piece of information escape her notice. She also works to bring “certain people” to “certain locations.”
  • Homare Nishitani III (Kim Jae-wook)
    Homare is the third patriarch of the Kijin Clan and he reached this status with abnormal speed. Like previous Homare Nishitanis, his handsome appearance belies his insanity. He loves to fight against powerful opponents more than anything.
  • Kihei Hanawa  (Hiroki Touchi)
    Kihei is the leader of the Daidoji Faction and is the only way for Kiryu to access the outside world. He treats Kiryu as any other agent, and even nags at him despite Kiryu’s former status.
  • Kousei Shishido (Yasukaze Motomiya)
    Shishido is the trump card of the Watase clan (Omi Alliance) and enforces his authority through fear. He uses violence to get what he wants, and uses weapons without worrying whether he’ll accidentally kill someone.
  • Yuki Tsuruno (Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi)
    Tsuruno is the deputy of the Watase clan. Not only is he loyal, but he is a skilled planner with a tenacious attitude. The strategic traps that he’s put out for Kiryu pose a serious threat.

LIke a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name will come out on November 9, 2023 for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Windows PC.

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Stephanie is a senior writer who has been writing for games journalism and translating since 2020. After graduating with a BA in English and a Certificate in Creative Writing, she spent a few years teaching English and history before fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a writer. In terms of games, she loves RPGs, action-adventure, and visual novels. Aside from writing for Siliconera and Crunchyroll, she translates light novels, manga, and video games.