Right after Ichiban Kasuga gets out of prison, he confronts his former boss, but fails and is sent to the town of Ijincho in Yokohama. Starting without any money, Kasuga will need to earn money in ways such as fishing money from vending machines, and more. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]
Kasuga can sometimes find spare change that somebody forgot in the vending machines.
Another way for Kasuga to earn money to live off of in the earlygame is to collect trash from the streets, which has been turned into a Play Spot of its own.
Within a time limit, you ride along the streets of Ijincho on a bike wagon, collecting trash, and avoiding other homeless people who are out to take your collected garbage. If you happen to see drinks along the road, pick them up for a speed boost.
Your points from the game are turned into Eco Points, which can be exchanged for items, and some homeless people will exchange Eco Points for money as well.
At a certain point in the story, Kasuga will get to know a certain ‘Part-time Hero’ who works with the website PartTimeHero.com. It acts like a quest board in other RPGs, where you can take upon requests, ranging from finding lost cats to fending off unruly people from the neighborhood. By completing these quests, you earn Member Points that will rank up your Member Level, which will reward you with strong items, and allow you to take upon stronger quests.
Quests are split into Support (finding cats or lost people, and other tasks that involve running around town), Rescue (which involves fighting some enemies), and Challenge (reach a certain amount of Human Power levels) types.
Using your money
Money in this game is used to buy better gear and items, and is also used to summon Delivery Help in battles. The characters you can summon will increase as you complete their sub-stories. The more expensive the Delivery Help summon, the better their abilities are.
A new Delivery Help character, Jiei, was introduced this time around. He’s expensive, costing 60,000 yen, but boasts high attacking power, and also Shocks enemies with his scary appearance.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon releases for PlayStation 4 in Japan on January 16, 2020.