It surely was one of the most eagerly anticipated games of 2024, and fortunately Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth has been received with open arms but both critics and gamers.
Actually, Infinite Wealth’s Metacritic score stands at 89 for the PC version of the game, making it one of the year’s highest rated games so far. Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s latest game also released on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S last week.
Going back to the PC version of the game, though, it setting a new series record on Steam is proof of the game’s success to date. The game hit 46,161 concurrent players on the platform during its launch weekend, the highest to date for the series as covered on Gamereactor.
Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth’s concurrent player number on Steam is more than three times that of Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name (which hit 13,737 concurrent players), a game which was released last summer. Also, the earlier Yakuza: Like a Dragon from 2020 has an all-time high 9,535 concurrent players on Steam, which it achieved in late 2020.
And this sure is evidence of how the these games have grown in popularity over the years. The series itself was previously known as Yakuza in the West, and starred iconic protagonist Kazuma Kiryu, while the Like a Dragon games have the likeable Ichiban Kasuga as their main character. Also, the new Like a Dragon games are RPGs with turn-based combat, while the Yakuza games featured real time fights, and have all been set in Japan.
Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, though, features a new Hawaiian setting, bringing the series to the USA for the first time. This may have been one of the reasons behind the game’s heightened popularity, and also the fact that it reunites both Ichiban and Kiryu in a single, expansive game offering a meaty main quest and numerous side activities to partake in in sunny Honolulu.
Anyway, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth surely is one of the hottest games to arrive in 2024 thus far as we had expected, so it’s a great thing this has turned out to be one of the best and most popular games of the year to date, hitting a Steam player record for the series, and likely to continue doing well through 2024.