Fist of the North Star

At the Yakuza Studio presentation earlier this weekend, Sega revealed that the team is working on three games, including a Yakuza 2 remake and a Fist of the North Star project.

Little is currently known about the Fist of the North Star game, though it will tell an entirely new story featuring the original manga’s protagonist Kenshiro. Taking place primarily in a city known as Eden, Kenshiro is on a quest to reunite with his fiancee Yuria. The debut trailer for the project reveals gameplay that resembles that of the Yakuza series, though elevated to an acrobatic and fantastical extreme, in keeping with the source material.

Yakuza Studio’s Fist of the North Star project, which is set to arrive on PS4 next year, offers a new take on the IP, which was most recently serviced by Koei in 2012’s Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2, a Dynasty Warriors-inspired title that received a lukewarm critical response.

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In addition to that title, the studio is moving ahead with Yakuza Kiwami 2, which will reenvision Yakuza 2 within Yakuza 6′s Dragon Engine, while implementing a new scenario that gives players a chance to control fan favourite character Majima Goro. The game is currently scheduled for launch in Japan on December 7, 2017.

Finally, despite previously announcing Yakuza 6 as the final entry in the series, the development team is also working on a continuation in the form of Yakuza Online, a free-to-play PC and mobile game that introduces a new lead character.

At present, none of these titles have been announced for a Western release, though the studio’s previous output suggests that all will eventually arrive outside of Japanese shores. Yakuza Kiwami, the next game from the team, is scheduled for a Western release on Tuesday, with OnlySP’s review available later this week.

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Damien Lawardorn
Damien Lawardorn is an aspiring novelist, journalist, and essayist. His goal in writing is to inspire readers to engage and think, rather than simply consume and enjoy. With broad interests ranging from literature and video games to fringe science and social movements, his work tends to touch on the unexpected. Damien is the former Editor-in-Chief of OnlySP. More of his work can be found at https://open.abc.net.au/people/21767

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