Among action-packed trailers debuting at the 2019 Tokyo Game Show this week, "Dragon Ball Z Kakarot" promises to provide even more backstory to the series' pantheon of characters, "Final Fantasy VII Remake" shows the looks and sounds to suggest it's competing with the best, "Yakuza: Like a Dragon" displays the series' typical blend of pressure-cooker situations, "Shenmue III" suggests it's sticking closer to series roots, and "Nioh 2" unfurls some of the lush environments and creatures coming to the 2020 release.
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot
Part of the appeal of "Dragon Ball Z Kakarot," this action role-playing adventure with plenty of superpowered fighting to get involved with, is that as well as blending two usually distinct genres and being developed by the skilled studio behind the "Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm" series, it promises to expand on canon character backstories with new information, hence this tease of the comic book and animated series' Majin Buu saga. Due on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC from January 17, 2020 (Jan 16 in Japan).
Final Fantasy VII Remake / Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Even though (or perhaps because) this remake will only encompass one part of the original and influential 1997 PlayStation 1 game "Final Fantasy VII," it's looking spectacular after a 2015 announcement was made after a decade of false starts and rumors, retaining the franchise's hallmark approach to sumptuous visuals and swelling orchestration. Due March 3, 2020 on PlayStation 4.
Yakuza: Like A Dragon
Pre-Tokyo Game Show news revealed that this seventh core entry into a long-running open world crime franchise was changing things up by swapping real-time, button-smashing combat for turn-based encounters -- an official April Fool's joke made part of the official game in order to freshen up the series. Yet a great deal else looks like a familiar raft of mainstays and improvements to hallmark "Yakuza" activities including, as seen here, charismatic criminals trying to do good while navigating a complex web of underworld faction loyalties. Set for January 16, 2020 on PlayStation 4 in Japan and later in the year internationally.
If "Yakuza: Like a Dragon" is the latest in a series that continually modernizes the "Shenmue" formula of personal, critical storyline quests, immersive open-world surroundings and a spread of alternative activities to engage in, the very long-awaited "Shenmue III" looks like it might be channelling a more retro aesthetic, with its simpler approach to character animation and lip-to-voice synchronization as an example. A scenic "Spirit of the Land" video was also released during TGS (https://youtu.be/ZpDjXTwBN4E). November 19 for PlayStation 4 and PC.
Successor to 2017's breakout historical fantasy action game, "Nioh 2" pairs scenic Japanese environments with impactful combat and this early look showcases setting and some of the supernatural beings that populate the samurai game. As with "Nioh," player feedback has been an integral component of development and tuning, with a close alpha session already wrapped up and a public demo going to the TGS showfloor. Expected early 2020 on PlayStation 4.