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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Yakuza
Virtual gangsters itching to relive their glory days can snatch a bonus by pre-ordering the digital version of Yakuza Kiwami. The remake of the original Yakuza is releasing next month, but early buyers can now score a free system theme that features series badasses Kazuma Kiryu and Akira Nishikiyama. Check it out below.
Atlus and Sega have compiled a handy list of their upcoming titles, complete with trailers and descriptions. All of these have been previously announced, with the latest being Atlus’ big three: Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux. But with the big show, there’s been some new media released. Check out the new trailers below.
Players will get to rebust some heads this summer when Kazuma Kiryu returns in Yakuza Kiwami on August 29. The HD-ified updated re-release will feature re-recorded Japanese dialog, all from the original voice actors, along with around 30 minutes of new cutscenes. As a bonus, all pre-order and first-run copies will come in a SteelBook. To get players reacquainted, Sega has released a new story trailer as well as created the Yakuza Experience website, which offers character descriptions, a series history, and the first of a 10-issue series of digital comics.
It’s time to hit the streets of Kamurocho and Sotenbori with the release of Yakuza 0. The action-adventure thriller lays down the groundwork for an upcoming remake of the original this summer and Yakuza 6 early next year. The prequel, set in 1988, follows a young Kazuma Kiryu on a quest to beat a murder wrap and fellow brawler Goro Majima as he attempts to earn his way back into the underworld. In addition to playing through the story, players also get to run a real estate company, battle endless thugs in the street, practice at batting cages, race model cars, go on dates, try their hand at bowling, and hit the arcades for some OutRun.
Sega has posted a video detailing all of the goodies that come with Yakuza 0. The pre-order and first-run edition comes with several extras, including a business card holder and three business cards. The cards allow players to properly present themselves as Kazuma Kiryu, Goro Majima, or a variety of hostesses. The Business Edition costs the same as the standard edition ($59.99).
Yakuza 0’s early run, dubbed The Business Edition, is making Sega’s Marketing and Production team embrace their inner American Psycho. A new video has gone up of the crews embracing the holiday spirit by giving one another business cards. Not just regular business cards, but fancy business cards. They also happen to be housing them in the sleek holder that comes with The Business Edition.
Kiryu and Majima will be cracking plenty of skulls in Yakuza 0, and Sega has released a trailer showing the two in action. Each has three unique fighting styles with which to dispatch rivals and thugs. As in previous entries, players can improve their fighting prowess by upgrading and expanding their move sets. Of course, everyday objects can also be used as weapons, if fists and feet aren’t getting the job done. As an added twist, players can throw money to distract their enemies, though there’s a chance Mr. Shakedown will appear to clear them out.
They keep pulling me back in! Sega will be releasing two new Yakuza titles for PS4: Yakuza Kiwami, a remastered version of the original Yakuza, in 2017 and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life in 2018. Kiwami is set to be a complete overhaul with graphical assets recreated from scratch for 1080p/60fps support and dialog re-recorded by the original Japanese cast. Additionally, the game will be beefed up with an extra 30 minutes of cutscenes, expanding the backstory and tying it to Yakuza 0, and new districts, adding Pocket Circuit car racing and other activities. The combat is also being revamped to utilize the updates from Yakuza 0. On a final, odd note, Majima will randomly pop up for a quick fight. Lastly, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, which will continue Kiryu’s adventure, has had its digital and physical North American release confirmed for early 2018.
A new video has gone live highlighting some of the side activities available in Yakuza 0. Sometimes even gangsters need to cut loose, and Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima will have plenty to do during their downtime in the redlight districts of Kamurocho and Sotenbori. The areas will offer access to a batting cage, karaoke bar, disco, (ahem) wrestling arena, and arcade. The latter will host a number of Sega titles, including Out Run, Space Harrier, and Super Hang On. PSX 2016 attendees can try their hand at the game with a special playable demo at Sega’s booth, B2250.