Few things in life are as bliss-filled as the arrival of a new Yakuza, and yet in 2017 we’re being treated to not one, but two new Yakuza titles. Yakuza Zero has already been and gone, a sublime prequel that had players kicking ass by day and teaching a dominatrix how to be mean to her clients by now. Now it’s the turn of Yakuza Kiwami, a total remake of the original PlayStation Yakuza game. SEGA has announced Yakuza Kiwami will be coming to PlayStation 4 on August 29th, packing a budget price to boot.
Yakuza Kiwami gives players the chance to see where the Japan-ified criminal underworld tale began, reimagining the start of the story arc. Kazuma Kiryu, the man, the eyebrows, the legend, is sent to prison for a decade for a crime he didn’t commit, getting expelled from the Yakuza in the process and embroiling himself in a ¥10 billion scandal. His only natural recourse is to beat the crap out of everyone who gets in his way, all laced with the trademark offbeat Yakuza humour.
Yakuza Zero will be out worldwide on August 29th, 2017, for PlayStation 4, priced at $29.99 / €34.99 / £29.99.
While we're on the subject of Yakuza, I'm still holding out hope SEGA sees sense and brings the series to PC eventually. We've been given a ray of hope after the recent arrival of Bayonetta, and there's nothing really stopping them from bringing all six mainline games over. Fingers crossed it can happen one of these days.