Western fans have long been asking for SEGA to localize Yakuza Kiwami, the Yakuza 1 remake that was released on the PlayStation 3 and PS4 in Japan in January.
During the first day of the PlayStation Experience in Anaheim, California, today, SEGA announced that fans would get their wish, with an announcement that Yakuza Kiwama will be released in the Americas and Europe this summer.
The game, which will be published by Deep Silver in Europe, will be released in both physical and digital formats and will feature a graphical upgrade (running at 1080p and 60fps, 30 minutes of new cutscenes, new side quests and a full re-recording of the original Japanese dialogue.
This is exciting news for fans of the series who missed out on the original few games released on the PS2! Yakuza 0 will be the next game in the series to come our way and will release on Jan. 24, 2017, on the PS4 in the Americas and Europe. You can pre-order it from Amazon here.
- A Family Patriarch’s Ransom of New Content – 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’s also added distractions (Pocket Circuit car racing, MesuKing: Battle Bug Beauties, new hostesses, and more), side quests and combat updates to bring the original Yakuza game into the latest console generation.
- A Place for Newcomers and Veterans – Yakuza Kiwami is the ultimate bridge in the series: newcomers or those whose Yakuza experience started with Yakuza 0 will have familiar, exacting controls, top-notch SEGA localization, and a solid starting point for entering the Yakuzafranchise fresh. Veterans will experience a familiar Kamurocho and plot, but with new levels of story depth and graphical polish.
- But it was me! Majima! – Completely new to Kiwami 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. We’re 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.
- Extreme Revitalization – Kiwami is rebuilt from the ground up with all new HD assets, exclusive Japanese voice audio re-recorded by the series cast, and more; optimized for the PlayStation 4 and running in 1080p/60fps. And following suit with SEGA’s commitment to the Yakuza series, the game will release in both physical and digital formats in the west.