Sega Announces Yakuza Kiwami
Wasn’t too long ago we covered Yakuza 0 earlier this year? I am not complaining at all, the Yakuza series is one of the best gangster open world experiences out there. There are many stories to tell in the series, but it is interesting seeing a new title so soon even if it is a remastered game. The “Dragon of Dojima” first came to gamers on the PlayStation 2 and now we get to relive that 2006 story on the PlayStation 4.
It’s been a while since the legendary Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, first graced PlayStation 2 systems in 2005’s Yakuza, and it’s time to return to where it all began. Get ready to relive the legend, because the “extreme” HD remake Yakuza Kiwami will be available in the Americas and Europe on Aug. 29 for PlayStation 4! Besides completely recreated graphics and fully re-recorded Japanese audio by the original voice actors, the game also features added distractions and ~30 minutes of new cutscenes! The game will be coming out physically and digitally for $29.99/£29.99/€34.99, and pre-orders/first run copies of the physical version will come packaged in a stunning SteelBook®. Take a look at the glamshot below!
Hold on, before you hit that pre-order Sega has made something special for fans of the series called Yakuza Experience. A website that gives you the Yakuza experience to explore through an interactive timeline and character map. Pretty much an encyclopedia of the Yakuza series all in one site.
- A Family Patriarch’s Ransom of New Content – “Kiwami” literally translates to “extreme,” and the game was named that for good reason. 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, combat updates, re-recorded Japanese dialogue, and more 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.
I also noticed that at the end of the trailer we also got a glimpse of the next installment to the series of Yakuza 6. But for now, we shall focus on Yakuza Kiwami which releases in the West on August 29th, 2017 for the PlayStation 4. I have to add that it is not bad for $30 bucks for a remake title, unlike other remastered titles that charge full price. The Dragon shall rise again and I hope to see you there when we review the remastered game. – Beast Out –