Sega has released new information and screenshots for Yakuza: Like a Dragon introducing company management and equipment forging.
Get the details below.
■ How to Make Money Midway Into the Story
When you get to the middle of the story, enemies will have become significantly stronger, so things will be difficult unless you have expensive equipment and items. One way to earn that sort of money is through “Company Management.”
Following certain events, Ichiban Kasuga will undertake the revival of a small company called “Number One Confectionery,” which is on the verge of bankruptcy. As the company president, Kasuga will try all possible means to grow the company, from gathering up employees to holding shareholder meetings. However, rival companies aiming to monopolize profits will stand in Kasuga’s way. Kick about your rivals to increase your stock prices and become the number one company in Yokohama.
Kasuga’s Encounter with Number One Confectionery President Eri Kamataki
Kasuga and company get to know Eri Kamataki after finding her collapsed in the city and nursing her back to health. After she regains her composure, Eri reveals herself to be the president of a rice crackers shop called “Number One Confectionery,” which she inherited from her late father, but repeated troubles and misfortune have driven her company to a state of near-bankruptcy. Realizing the limitations of her management, she has decided to shutdown the company. Kasuga, who cannot turn a blind eye to the exhausted Eri, decides to save Number One Confectionery.
Working Company Management
“Company Management” is a new element where Kasuga, who becomes the new president of Number One Confectionery, manages property and personnel, raises funds from financial institutions, and conducts business activities to grow the company.
Since sales vary greatly depending on property potential and abilities of engaged employees, precise management in business activities is essential.
Since there are all sorts of business properties you can purchase, you should analyze the state of your personnel and capital to make a buy that is appropriate.
Find out the property’s room for growth, and earn management funds with profits from fundraising and business activities to acquire them.
Properly invest in the talented personnel that carry the weight of the company. Winning over and nurturing said personnel is a shortcut to achieving your goals. The chicken Kokekokko, who Eri has been raising, is a mascot-esque character for Number One Confectionery.
As you conduct business activities, you will hold shareholder meetings at fixed intervals. Shareholder meetings are debate battle games where you must persuade dissatisfied shareholders in question and answer sessions. Firmly refute shareholder proposals and persuade them to increase your shareholder approval rating. By gathering majority support, your shareholder meeting will be a success.
Shareholder meeting are real-time question and answer session battles where you must persuade shareholders who have different opinions from management with rebuttals from company employees. Shareholders will attack with speech bubbles containing dissatisfaction towards the company’s personnel, property, and funds.
Company employees on the rebuttal side have personnel, property, and funding attributes. If they refute with a compatible attribute, they can destroy speech bubbles with a small number of attacks. Develop your strategy considering the amount of cost available to you and the cost required for your company members to attack. Shareholders whose speech bubbles have been destroyed will be temporarily defenseless, and from there your company members can deal even further rebuttal attacks, allowing you to lower the shareholder’s HP. When a shareholder’s HP becomes zero, they will no longer be able to attack, allowing you to proceed the shareholder meeting with an advantage.
As a question and answer session becomes more lively, Kasuga’s gauge will accumulate, and when it reaches a fixed amount, he can activate his “Extreme Apology” skill. Can Kasuga calm down the shareholders with a full-power apology!?
Persuade all the shareholders within the question and answer session time limit, or keep your approval rating at at least 50 percent to clear your shareholder meeting.
How to Earn Money in Management Mode + Shareholder Meetings
After a shareholder meeting ends, you can acquire “executive remuneration,” which is remuneration acquired by Kasuga himself to used as personal spending money. Since the amount of remuneration varies based on the results of the shareholder meeting, you can gain more money by managing your company well and dominating shareholder meetings. It should be noted that “management funds,” which are acquired through fundraising and business activities, are “funds for company management” that cannot be used by Kasuga personally.
—After conducting business activities and shareholder meetings, stock prices and rankings will change.
■ Effective Use of Money
Equipping stronger equipment and summoning strong allies to progress through the story is essential, but you will need a lot of money to do so. Here, we will introduce “Equipment Forging” at the “Romance Factory” repair shop.
Spending Money to Forge and Upgrade Weapons and Armor
Equipment such as strong weapons and armor are essential in battle. Equipment can be purchased at shops, but for even stronger equipment, it is essential to go to the “Romance Factory” repair shop to forge and upgrade equipment.
First Encounter with the Remarkable Repair Shop Engineer Sumire Sawa
When Kasuga’s favorite bat starts to rust, he visits the Romance Factory, a repair shop located in an obscure part of Isezaki Ijincho. Sumire Sawa, the factory manager Kasuga meets there, is a young lady and remarkable engineer who can forge any equipment. Kasuga admires Sumire’s skill and passion, and regularly comes to the factory to put together strong equipment.
—Since Sumire can be found at the Romance Factory, ask her to forge and upgrade your equipment. The factory will evolve as it gains more funding.
How Forge and Upgrade Weapons and Armor
If you have materials or money, you can upgrade existing equipment or forge new equipment at the Romance Factory. Materials can be found scattered about the city, obtained in battle, purchased at stores, or gathered by clearing play spots. Additionally, by funding the Romance Factory, you will be able to forge strong weapons that cannot be obtained in the city.
—Run around the city and gather materials. There may even be materials in the mountains of trash.
—Depending on the equipment you want to forge, the required materials and money will vary. The stronger the equipment, the more materials and money you will need.
—The remarkable engineer Sumire can forge any equipment.
—At the Romance Factory, you can even make equipment with powerful attributes.
—When you change your equipped weapon, its appearance will also be reflected in battle. Try out various weapons to make battles even more enjoyable.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is due out for PlayStation 4 on January 16, 2020 in Japan, and in 2020 in the Americas and Europe. A demo is available now. Read more about the game here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.
View the screenshots at the gallery.