Yakuza: Like A Dragon Has "Near-Instant" Loading Times On Xbox Series X

The game's producer talks about how Like a Dragon leverages the power of Microsoft's next-gen console.

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon is among the 30+ launch titles for the Xbox Series X, and now the developer has shed a little more light on how the game performs on Microsoft's next-gen console.

Chief producer Masayoshi Yokoyama spoke to Xbox Wire about how the game leverages the power of the console, and Yokoyama is particularly looking forward to players experiencing the dramatically faster load times. Yokoyama said the load times are "nearly instantaneous."

"I was personally most excited about the reduction in loading times due to the SSD, it's nearly instantaneous; there's not even time to read the loading screen tips!" Yokoyama said.

Yokoyama went on to say that Like a Dragon, overall, has a "much higher performance level [on Xbox Series X] than we've ever been able to achieve before."

"Seeing the game run at a smooth 60 FPS gameplay experience or in native 4K with near-instant load times is incredible," Yokoyama said.

You can check out the full interview here. Have a look at the video above to see the latest trailer for Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

GameSpot's Michael Higham got a chance to play a part of the game on Xbox Series X recently.

"Even with just a small slice of the game in this Xbox Series X demo, Yakuza: Like A Dragon shows us why the franchise has won the hearts of so many and continues to stand out among its peers," Higham said. "I'm convinced that the move to a turn-based RPG can pay off, and I'm already invested in our new protagonist Kasuga Ichiban and his friends, because Like a Dragon pulls these things off in ways only Yakuza can."

The latest Yakuza game will launch alongside the Xbox Series X and Series S on November 10, so check out our preorder guide for all the details on those consoles and the games that will be available on them from day one. Yakuza: Like A Dragon will also be on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on the same day, and will arrive on PS5 early next year. The game supports Xbox Smart Delivery, so you can buy it for Xbox One and upgrade to the Series X/S edition for free later on.

If you feel like celebrating the impending launch of the Yakuza sequel, you can splurge on a $282 USD bowl of ramen that Sega's Australian distribution partner Five Star Games created to promote the game.

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