Yakuza Kiwami & Yakuza 6 Are Coming West in Summer 2017/Early 2018
Western fans of the Yakuza series are about to get three new titles over the span of a year. Prequel Yakuza 0 will be the first thanks to its January 24th, 2017 release date on PlayStation 4, but SEGA confirmed at the PlayStation Experience 2016 that Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza 6 are also being localized for the Western audience.
Yakuza Kiwami is a complete remake of the original game launched back in 2005 on PlayStation 2. It will be available on PlayStation 4 next summer, with the following key features:
- A Family Patriarch’s Ransom of New Content – Not just a simple graphical upgrade, Kiwami adds nearly 30 minutes of cutscenes alone, providing all-new insight into the game’s plot and creating common threads with series prequel Yakuza 0. There’s also added distractions (Pocket Circuit car racing, MesuKing: Battle Bug Beauties, new hostesses, and more), side quests and combat updates to bring the original Yakuza game into the latest console generation.
- A Place for Newcomers and Veterans – Yakuza Kiwami is the ultimate bridge in the series: newcomers or those whose Yakuza experience started with Yakuza 0 will have familiar, exacting controls, top-notch SEGA localization, and a solid starting point for entering the Yakuza franchise fresh. Veterans will experience a familiar Kamurocho and plot, but with new levels of story depth and graphical polish.
- But it was me! Majima! – Completely new to Kiwami is the “Majima Everywhere” system, where the series’ deranged, one-eyed maniac will constantly surprise and challenge Kiryu to combat when he least expects it. We’re talking “popping out of a goofy costume” levels of surprise, so players must stay on their toes and be ready to defend themselves from Kiryu’s chief rival.
- Extreme Revitalization – Kiwami is rebuilt from the ground up with all new HD assets, exclusive Japanese voice audio re-recorded by the series cast, and more; optimized for the PlayStation 4 and running in 1080p/60fps. And following suit with SEGA’s commitment to the Yakuza series, the game will release in both physical and digital formats in the west.
That’s not all. As mentioned above, SEGA is also porting the brand new Yakuza 6: The Song of Life to North American and European PlayStation 4 gamers in early 2018. Yakuza 6 is powered by the Dragon Engine and you can check the first hour of PlayStation 4 Pro gameplay from the demo right here.