Sega released more information about Yakuza 7 aka Yakuza: Like a Dragon as it’s known in the West. This time around, the company highlighted powerful abilities known as Kiwami Skills as well as new Battle Techniques to aid you in combat. Furthermore, new Jobs known as Bodyguard and Host were also introduced. While these were in Japanese, Gematsu has translated them and you can check out their post for more details.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Kiwami Skills and Just Actions

Kiwami Skills are special skills that require MP (Mental Points) to unleash. They are stronger than standard attacks and offer various effects such as party member healing. The Kiwami Skills available differ greatly depending on the job, and the Kiwami Skills you utilise will be the key to victory in battle.

Many Kiwami Skills are equipped with an element called Just Action. Like the series’ mainstay Heat Action element, Just Action implements action-based controls such as button mashing or timed inputs, with successful inputs resulting in greater damage dealt to the enemy.

Also, by pressing the X button at the right time just before an enemy attack hits you, you can put up your guard and reduce the damage received.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Jobs – Bodyguard and Host

  • Bodyguard: An attack-type job that wields a katana. Its sword-type attacks have a fixed chance of inflicting the bleeding status ailment, which causes additional damage with each turn. Kiwami Skill: Onigiri (Demon Slash). Onigiri is a simple, high-powered single sword slash skill.
  • Host: Fights wielding a sake bottle. It has a number of tricky skills including an attack that shoots ice-cold sake at the enemy and inflicts the cold status ailment, supporting party members with exciting calls, and charming enemies to make them unable to attack. The cold status ailment may cause the enemy to catch a cold that deals additional damage with each turn. However, be careful as party members who get close to that enemy may also end up catching a cold. Kiwami Skill: Bubble Splash shoots ice-cold sake in the face of the enemy. Also inflicts the cold status ailment.

New Yakuza: Like a Dragon Battle Techniques

Here are two new battle techniques you can utilise in addition to the previously introduced signs and bicycles.

  • Engulf Attack: A technique that, by blowing an enemy back and hitting them against other enemies, can deal additional damage to the enemy, as well as deal damage to all enemies involved. How the enemy gets blown back differs for each Kiwami Skill, so use this technique properly according to the situation.
  • Hit by a Car: During battles near roadways, you can blow them back into the street to get hit by a passing car. If a car hits them, it will deal major damage. When dealing with enemies near roadways, utilize your Kiwami Skills to blow them back far and into the street.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon releases in Japan as Yakuza 7 on January 16, 2020 and in 2020 in North America and Europe for PlayStation 4. Check out our impressions of the Japanese demo here.