Sega has announced Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, a spin-off game coming in 2023. It will connect Yakuza 6 with the upcoming Like a Dragon 8, and star Kazuma Kiryu.
Coming to PS4/5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Steam, this will be an action-adventure game, unlike the mainline series' RPGs, although gameplay details were held back. 'Gaiden' is a term for a side story, and this will be a canon story, set during the events of Yakuza 7. It will explain how Kiryu comes to end up in Like a Dragon 8.
The game will apparently be around half the size of a mainline Yakuza title. "You'll still be able to go into the town and hang out, and have the side quests," explained a translator for Sega's announcement stream.
In a trailer, we saw Yakuza hero Kazuma Kiryu meditating at a temple, asking for forgiveness, having abandoned his name and past. However, he appears to be pulled back in for one last job in the criminal underworld, under the codename Joryu.