Yakuza: Like a Dragon details ‘Bonds’ system

Deepen your bonds to enhance your friends' abilities.

Sega has shared new information and screenshots of Yakuza: Like a Dragon detailing the game’s Bonds system.

Get the details below.

■ Bonds

“Bonds” are a new element that reveal the relationship between protagonist Ichiban Kasuga and his friends. By fighting alongside, eating with, and enjoying Play Spots with your friends, your bonds will deepen.

By deepening your bonds, your friends’ abilities will greatly increase, allowing them to change jobs, learn new skills, initiate follow-ups on Kasuga’s attacks, and so on. All of this will benefit you in battle.

—From the bond status screen, you can check your bonds with each character.

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■ How to Deepen Your Bonds

Spend Time Together at Play Spots

Some of the game’s Play Spots allow you to bring a friend along to deepen your bonds. For example, you can watch a movie with a friend at the new “Traditional Movie Theater” Play Spot, and if you choose their preferred movie, you can deepen your bonds in a sitting.

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Eat Together

When eating out at a restaurant in Yokohama, you can trigger a special meal conversation event with your friend called “Table Talk” by choosing the right order from the menu. Through Table Talk, you can further deepen your bonds.

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■ Bond Dramas: Side Stories that Occur by Deepening Bonds

As you deepen your bonds with each of your friends, side stories called “Bond Dramas” that reveal each person’s true nature will unfold one by one. By deepening your bonds, your friends will place their trust in you and open up to Kasuga in a variety of ways, including by revealing their secret pasts, worries, and troubles. By hearing out their stories and resolving their worries, your can develop their abilities in a major way.

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Bond Skills: Strong Cooperative Skills Learned by Deepening Your Bonds

By clearing Bond Dramas and deepening your bonds with friends, you can learn powerful cooperative attack skills called “Bond Skills.” A Bond Skill’s contents and effects differ for each character, but each one is a feat of its own and boasts the highest-class power in the game. Through the proper use of Bond Skills, you can crush the formidable foes and powerful bosses that stand in your way.

—In this Bond Skill, Adachi binds the enemy’s arms, then Kasuga follows up with a strong bat attack. It is a powerful, unavoidable blow.

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon is due out for PlayStation 4 on January 16, 2020 in Japan, and in 2020 in the Americas and Europe. Read more about the game here, here, here, and here.

View the screenshots at the gallery.

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