Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza 6 To Receive a Western Release on PS4

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European publisher Deep Silver, in conjunction with SEGA, have announced that both Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza 6 will be released within the UK, Europe and America for the PS4 in the near future.

The announcement was initally made during the Playstation Experience event at the weekend, which saw a new localised trailer highlighting important aspects of both games, with formal confirmation sent out to press yesterday (5th December 2016). As it stands Deep Silver hope to release Yakuza Kiwami during summer 2017 with an official release date to be announced in the coming months; Yakuza 6 on the other hand will be released at some point during 2018.

As Deep Silver explains Yakuza Kiwami is a High Definition re-make of the original PS2 Game Yakuza, albeit with brand new features such as enhanced story, new missions and updated combat, which sees the legend of Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, in his video game debut with Yakuza.

Synopsis: Being retold in Kiwami is the nascent character arc for Yakuza – the game begins with series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu getting sent to prison for the murder of his family patriarch (which he didn’t commit). To make matters worse, during the 10 years of his imprisonment, not only does Kiryu’s clan expel him from the yakuza, but ¥10 billion (~$100 million) goes missing from the clan treasury. Worse yet, Kiryu’s childhood sweetheart is also nowhere to be found, and with the entirety of the Japanese underworld on the hunt for the missing cash, Kiryu is all but lost until he finds the orphan girl Haruka, searching for her aunt who shares the same name as Kiryu’s missing love. What follows from there is a web of betrayal, underworld politics, and redemption as nothing will stop Kiryu from regaining his honor.

Yakuza Kiwami will be released in both physical and retail formats during summer 2017.

Yakuza Kiwami 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.

In addition to Yakuza Kiwami Deep Silver also confirmed that Yakuza 6 will be making it’s way to the PS4 within UK, Europe and America. No specific details were explained but its expected to be released in both physical and digital formats by the end of 2018.

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About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked on ZOMGPlay and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita or Xbox One.

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