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Sega has revealed some brand new info and trailers for two of their upcoming Yakuza games, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life and the original remaster Yakuza Kiwami. Both games will be playable at the Sega booth at E3.
The future looks bright for fans of the series in the west. Not only did we get Yakuza Zero a while back we are also getting two new Yakuza games in the near future. During this year’s E3 Sega did reveal some new info and trailers on these two new upcoming games. Below you will find all the info you’ll need.
The game is the rebuilt-from-scratch HD remake of the original game released on PlayStation 2 in 2005. “Kiwami” translates to “Extreme” and Sega has pulled out all the stops to make this game the definitive standard of what a remake should be. It’s 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 are also added distractions (such as Pocket Circuit car racing, MesuKing: Battle Bug Beauties, and two new hostesses), side quests, combat updates, fully re-recorded Japanese dialogue, and more to bring the original Yakuza game into the latest console generation.
Oh, and a totally new feature 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. Sega is 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. Check out the game’s new trailer below:
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is the latest entry in the long-running franchise and will take place in the latest evolution of Kamurocho, the infamous red-light district in Tokyo, and the new city of Onomichi, a beautiful, sleepy port town in Hiroshima Prefecture. Powered by the new “Dragon Engine,” the game will bring the two locales to life with unparalleled realism. The stakes have never been higher for Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima with a heart of gold, because someone has unwisely decided to hurt his surrogate daughter Haruka.
To make matters worse, Kiryu finds out that Haruka now has an infant son that he must look after. With a baby in tow, Kiryu must do whatever it takes to protect the people he calls family. Even if it means mercilessly bashing thugs with various street signs.
Expect a harder-hitting fighting system, a selection of wacky side quests that only exist in the world of Yakuza, totally revamped mini-games, and a taste of the gritty human drama that will consume the weathered Dragon of Dojima. Check out the new E3 trailer below:
Yakuza Kiwami will be released on PlayStation 4 physically and digitally on Aug. 29 for $29.99. While Yakuza 6: The Song of Life will be localised by SEGA and published in the Americas and Europe in physical and digital formats in early 2018.