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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Yakuza
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.
Sega is offering players a closer look at the Mad Dog of Shimano Family (and Yakuza 0), Goro Majima. The trailer finds a younger Majima as a civilian running the Grand Cabaret in Sotenbori, Osaka. He was appointed to his job after angering his bosses in the Tojo Clan, with his punishment being to make tons of cash in order to regain his status as yakuza. He does a little too well, though, so he’s given a tougher assignment: his first hit.
Yakuza 0 localization producer Scott Strichart gives the lowdown in the latest video for the upcoming origin story. Set in the 1980s, the game follows the rise of two series staples, Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima, as they redeem themselves and proceed to climb the ranks of the underworld.
Sega is looking to match the glitz of Tokyo circa 1988 with a gussied-up pre-order and launch copy of Yakuza 0. To match Kazuma Kiryu’s transition from debt collector to real estate powerbroker and Goro Majima’s to manager of The Grand Cabaret, the special edition will come with everything a player needs to feel business official. In addition to the game, players will get a stainless steel business card holder, complete with tattoo designs, and three business cards: Tachibana Real Estate for Kazuma Kiryu, Cabaret Grand for Goro Majima, and another for cabaret club hostesses Sunshine. There’s also a new trailer showing the beginning of Kiryu’s storyline, posted below. Unfortunately, this has to end on a downer: Sega reiterated that there are no plans for a PC version.
Sega has announced that Yakuza 0 will be available digitally and physically on January 24 for PS4. Note that, despite also being a PS3 title in Japan, the game will hit stateside only for PS4. Set in 1988, players will follow a young Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima as they climb the ranks of the underworld in Kamurocho, Tokyo. Kiryu must clear his name after being blamed for a debt-collection assignment that went awry, while Goro must complete a series of trials to rejoin his old clan. In addition to earning cash from and spending it at Discos, Telephone Clubs, and Pocket Circuit car races, the two will be busting heads with new abilities and moves.
Sega has released a new trailer for Yakuza 0. The video coincides with the announcement that the game is also heading to Europe as well as a few clarifications: only the PS4 version is being translated, the game will be available both physically and digitally, and the release is a Sega initiative. Lastly, a rough launch window was revealed for early 2017. For those wanting to check out the latest release, Yakuza 5 is now on sale for 25% off on PSN through April 5.