Yakuza

Two more entries in Sega’s long-running open-world crime saga, Yakuza, have been confirmed for a Western release, Yakuza Kiwami and Yakuza 6. In keeping with series tradition, however, a considerable gap will separate the Japanese and Western launches.

Yakuza Kiwami is a ground-up remake of the first game in the series, originally released on the PlayStation 2. In addition to the expected upgrades to visuals, the developers have expanded the game world of Kamurocho with new places to visit and mini-games to partake in. In addition, some narrative threads have been added and lengthened in order to resolve some of the plot holes or apparent inconsistencies found in the original release.

Originally released in Japan in January this year, this remake is scheduled to release in the rest of the world in summer 2017.

Yakuza 6, meanwhile, is the next mainline game in the series and has been billed as the final chapter in Kiryu Kazuma’s story. Kamurocho will once again be the primary location, though others have been teased. It promises to be the most expansive game in the series to date, with a plethora of activities for players to engage in, including baseball, karaoke, hostess clubs, and even the ability to play classic Sega games, such as Virtua Fighter 5 and Out Run.

The sequel launches in Japan tomorrow, with its North American and European releases slated for early 2018.

These two titles will follow on from the release of Yakuza 0, a prequel to the entire series that sets up the events of the first game. First released in Japan in 2015, the prequel will launch for the rest of the world on January 24, 2017.

The Yakuza series is best known for its engaging open-world environments and fluid brawler-based mechanics.

All three titles will be available exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

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