New Yakuza Recreation Will Cameo Kenny Omega, Rahul Kohli

An image of Like A Dragon: Ishin! cover art with Kenny Omega and Rahul Kohli's Trooper Card portraits.

I used to hope for instances like this.
Picture: Sega / Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios / Kotaku

Sega and its Ryu Ga Gotoku studio introduced that some large stars within the worlds {of professional} wrestling and Hollywood will make cameos within the upcoming samurai Yakuza spin-off, Like A Dragon: Ishin!

In an announcement trailer on Sega’s official YouTube channel, the writer revealed that the well-known All Elite Wrestling star, Kenny Omega, will seem as a particular visitor fighter in Ishin!. Within the video, Omega stated he’ll be one of many six special-guest Trooper Card characters. Within the sport, Trooper Playing cards are character playing cards protagonist Sakomoto Ryoma (the feudal stand-in for Kazuma Kiryu) can use to dish out particular assaults on enemy samurai.


“I’ve been a fan of the Like a Dragon collection for years, and to be ceaselessly immortalized in Like a Dragon: Ishin!, the latest entry in one of the iconic sport franchise of all time, is surreal,” Omega stated in a press launch. “I’m so enthusiastic about my Trooper Card, and I believe gamers are going to like the art work and assault animation—and the harm I can deal to enemies!”

In response to the self-described “avid gamer,” Omega’s Trooper Card ability, “Essence of the One-Winged Angel,” will probably be important for gamers as a result of it’s obtained an enormous space of impact and is nice for crowd management.

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Again in September of final 12 months, Omega and fellow wrestlers CM Punk, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson have been suspended for a backstage combat All Elite Wrestling followers have dubbed “the brawl out at All Out.” Throughout his suspension interval, Omega took a tour of the Sega studio in Japan and uploaded a photograph of himself getting scanned as a personality mannequin for Ishin!.

Sega’s announcement of Omega’s Ishin! look is barely ironic on two fronts. For one, Omega missed out on showing as a visitor character alongside other NJPW wrestlers in Yakuza 6. However, Omega’s look in Ishin! is well timed contemplating the AEW star is NJPW’s newly-crowned IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion.

The opposite tinge of irony is that the human “greatest bout machine” will seem in a Yakuza sport earlier than showing in his wrestling promotion’s upcoming online game, AEW: Combat Without end, which was initially slated to launch final 12 months. The trigger for AEW: Combat Without end’s elusive launch date is as a result of sport’s ESRB score. In response to WrestleZone, the quantity of blood and gore within the sport has prevented it from attaining a “Teen” score.


Alongside RGG studio’s Omega announcement, the Yakuza makers introduced that the Midnight Mass star and attainable Hideo Kojima boy toy Rahul Kohli may also combat alongside Omega as a Trooper Card.

“As somebody who’s emotionally invested within the Like a Dragon story, I’m nervously excited to tackle this mantle of being a small a part of Ryoma’s journey,” Kohli stated within the press launch. “The shut relationship that Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio have with their fan group, has been actually thrilling to see manifest in these playing cards. I’m very honored to not solely be part of the group, however to even be part of the collection.”

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In contrast to the mainline video games within the Yakuza collection, Ishin! is a historic interval piece that takes place in 1867, the 12 months of the Meiji restoration and the downfall of the Shogunate. Inside this historic lens, characters from the Yakuza collection have been re-imagined as well-known historic figures.

“Designing Trooper Playing cards for Kenny and Rahul, who’re passionate followers of the Like a Dragon collection, has been a very enjoyable, fulfilling expertise,” Hiroyuki Sakamoto, chief producer of Ishin!, wrote within the press launch. “We labored with every of them individually to create their distinctive, personalised card, permitting them to let their creativity run wild. We cherished the outcomes, and we predict gamers will too.”

Ishin! will probably be out on PS5, PS4, Xbox Collection X/S, Xbox One, and PC in February 2023.

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