Pay no thoughts to the horrifying mascots within the background. Screenshot: Sega / Kotaku
Throughout at the moment’s Xbox Accomplice Preview, a showcase for Microsoft’s upcoming third-party video games, we obtained a brand new take a look at Sega’s subsequent Yakuza journey. No, not Gaiden, the opposite one: Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth. As a substitute of displaying off twin protagonists Ichiban Kasuga and Kiryu Kazuma kicking every kind of avenue punk ass throughout Hawaii, at the moment’s trailer pumped the brakes and gave us a peek at its madcap new Animal Crossing-inspired recreation mode.
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Infinite Wealth’s new Glad Resort Dondoko Island mode may have you managing your personal island resort. Like Nintendo’s cozy 2020 life simulator Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you may go fishing on the seashore, customise the island’s buildings and furnishings, and have Ichiban craft particular DIY initiatives. The similarities between Dondoko Island and AC:NH don’t finish there. DonDonki Island can even allow you to forge friendships with the island getaway’s many outlandishly dressed vacationers when you handle the island’s inflow of funds and infrastructure identical to Animal Crossing’s Tom Nook.
Right here’s the trailer:
Dondoko Island could present Ichiban and firm some much-needed reprieve from the melodrama of his crime-riddled life, however that doesn’t imply you received’t should sock a few uninvited friends alongside the best way—this can be a Yakuza recreation in any case. Together with ensuring everyone seems to be having a great time on the island, you’ll additionally should defend it from intruders.
This isn’t the primary time the Yakuza collection has turned a Nintendo recreation like AC:NH into its personal recreation mode. In actual fact, Yakuza: Like a Dragon had Mario Kart-esque and Pokémon-inspired stints within the type of Dragon Kart Racing and Sujimon, respectively. Other than offering gamers with a enjoyable different to punching fools, these minigames had been additionally an effective way to earn a bunch of money to buy well being gadgets and upgrades for the primary marketing campaign’s difficult boss fights.
Screenshot: Sega / Kotaku
However not every thing is in regards to the cash. Typically you simply want to take a seat again, seize a guitar, and sing karaoke in entrance of a roaring bonfire. Catch a vibe, if you’ll. I can already see myself ignoring Infinite Wealth’s principal quest to sink numerous hours into perfecting my island fortress. Talking as a longtime Yakuza enjoyer, January can’t come quickly sufficient.
Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth launches on January 26 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Sequence X/S, Xbox One, and Home windows.