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Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth New Game Plus Seemingly Paywalled

Locking key game features behind paywalls feels very 2024. This is the move Sega appears to be taking with Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth. PC Gamer has spotted that the game’s New Game Plus mode is listed as limited to premium versions of the game, which cost at least $15 more than the Digital Standard edition.

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It’s no cheap standard edition, either, at $70 for what turns out to be an artificially restricted version of the enormous game. To get a version that comes with “New Game+” listed as included, you’ll apparently need to pick up the $85 Deluxe Edition, or the $110 Ultimate Version. Good lord.

New Game Plus modes are a pretty standard feature of games like Like A Dragon, where enormous scale and astonishing depth merits being able to play through a second time with everything unlocked. It’s certainly an established part of what was once known as the long-running Yakuza series, before switching its name in the last few years. So it’s fair to say that most people shelling out for the standard version of the game would expect this standard feature. But, if Infinite Wealth’s marketing is accurate, you’d have to have paid some pretty microscopic attention to detail to have noticed otherwise.

Buried on the game’s official site, in an awful, difficult-to-parse font, is a tacky table that seems to contain this information.

But the same information is entirely absent on the game’s Steam or PlayStation Store page. You’d imagine the logical solution here would be that the official site is mistaken, given such a core feature isn’t mentioned as paywalled anywhere else. However—and again, all kudos to Mollie Taylor at PC Gamer here—last month a Redditor contacted Sega to ask about this, and was told it was accurate.

“I would just like to ask for clarification if the implied teasers on Infinite Wealth mean that we need the Deluxe Edition with the Master Vacation Pack to play New Game+?” asked Megasomark.

“I have checked back,” says Anna of Sega Support in reply, “and can confirm that the New Game+ function is indeed only available with the Master Vacation pack.”

Which seems pretty conclusive. However, we have of course reached out to Sega to get their official word, and indeed to ask why this decision may have been made.

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