Do you want to be fierce? Do you want to be strong? Do you want to fight with impeccable force? Do you want to fight Like A Dragon? The Yakuza ( 龍が如く; Ryu Ga Gotoku) series has been one of SEGA's longest running franchises, with the first Yakuza game coming out in the USA in September 2006 on the Playstation 2. After 12 years, the series has finally come to a close, with Yakuza 6, the final entry in the series, finally being released. Good news, if you own a Playstation 4, not only can you play Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, and Yakuza 6, but soon, Yakuza Kiwami 2 will be released later this year, and SEGA has recently announced interest in possibly porting Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 to the PS4. To say now is the best time to be a Yakuza fan, is an understatement.
That being said, if you were lucky enough to be in Los Angeles, you may have been able to go to the SEGA Yakuze 6: Essence of Art Exhibit. An exhibit full of Original Art from the Ryu Ga Gotoku Team, as well as Fan Art from fans all across the World, who submitted art and were accepted into the exhibit. During the exhibit, there was a panel with Creator Daisuke Sato, and many interesting questions were asked. Question such as whether or not Kazuma Kiryu could be a playable character in Tekken 7, whether or not Fish of the North Star Directed by Daisuke Sato would come out in America, and what kind of Tattoo would Creator Daisuke Sato like to have.
Afterwards, Daisuke Sato took many pictures with his fans, and showed his love for the people who support his game. It is truly a rare experience when a creator and his fans come together to enjoy a franchise that, arguably, many would argue is a cult classic franchise. The Yakuza series has definitely been successful, and with the over 250 people who showed up at the Los Angeles Exhibit, it seems as though that this Dragon will keep on Flying.
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