After twelve years, Yakuza, developed and published by Sega, is getting a remake in the form of Yakuza Kiwami for PlayStation 4.
“Kiwami,” literally translating to “extreme,” refers to the game’s additional content. The remake will not only feature a stunning graphics upgrade, but also thirty minutes of new cutscenes that expand upon the original game’s plot. These cinematics will also provide ties to Yakuza’s recently-released prequel, Yakuza 0.
Alongside these cutscenes come new side quests, updated combat, re-recorded Japanese dialogue, and more. After much anticipation, Yakuza Kiwami is set to release worldwide on August 29, 2017. The trailer can be viewed below.
Brand new to Yakuza Kiwami is the “Majima Everywhere” system. Kiryu’s rival in the Yakuza series, Majima will randomly pop out and challenge Kiryu to combat. The system is meant to keep players alert and ready, for they never know when the one-eyed lunatic will attack.
Originally released for PlayStation 2 in 2005 (Japan) and 2006 (North America and Europe), Yakuza tells the story of Kazuma Kiryu, who spent ten years in prison for murdering his family’s patriarch—a crime he did not commit. Upon his release from prison, Kiryu discovers his clan has expelled him from the Yakuza and his family’s wealth has gone missing from their treasury. From there, Kiryu embarks on a journey to regain his honor and find his childhood sweetheart.
The Yakuza series has captivated audiences with seven different installments, from Yakuza (and its prequel Yakuza 0) all the way up to Yakuza 6 (released in Japan on December 6, 2016 and set to be released worldwide in 2018). The open-world adventures allow players to experience the stories at their own pace while performing side quests or indulging in other activities (races, bowling, etc.).