Yakuza Continuation Footage Shared by MMA Star

MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura has announced that he has been invited to star in the latest Yakuza game and has shared some development footage.

Asakura was invited to Sega to speak with Yakuza series representative Masayoshi Yokoyama and Sega President Haruki Satomi.

"You go in with that realistic feeling"


“You go in with that realistic feeling”Photo credit: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios – Mikuru Asakura YouTube

In a Youtube video titled “Something I never thought would happen”. fighter channelAsakura films his meeting with the executives.

As translated by GLHF, when Asakura was asked to appear in the latest Yakuza game, he claims he thinks he might cry.

Yokoyama then takes Asakura to the studio, where he sees footage of the game, which was first announced in October last year.

In the clip we can see footage from the game on the developers’ screens.

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This confirms that Yu Nanba and Koichi Adachi will be returning as we see them in a scene with Yakuza: Like a Dragon protagonist Ichiban Kasuga.

Ichi has a new look and his iconic afro is now back in a bun, at least in the scene we can see.

Asakura then enters the 3D Studio, where images of his face are taken from different angles.

The fighter had to sit and pose for a long time and show the developers various facial expressions.

We then see how the images are converted into 3D models for the game.

The Yakuza series is known for cameo appearances by famous Japanese celebrities.

Yakuza 6 starred both Beat Takeshi and Tatsuya Fujiwara, famous for their roles in battle royale.

Asakura is apparently the first celebrity asked to play in the game, which is still in development as Yakuza 8.

This is also the first footage to be shown from Yakuza 8 since it was announced in October.

No further information has been shared through the official channels of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios or Sega.

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We weren’t told what role Asakura will take on, or if he will return to perform his own stunts.

While not common for the series, Asakura has the physical fitness and fighting prowess to perform moves that most actors could not.

"incredibly realistic" comments Asakura while watching the footage.


“Incredibly realistic,” Asakura comments while viewing the footage.Photo credit: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios – Mikuru Asakura YouTube

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