It has been quite some time Yakuza first started all the way back in the PS2 era, yet here we are looking at an HD remake coming our way.
Yakuza has grown a lot in the past years and Sega is already preparing the remake of the original game that released on the PlayStation 2. The HD remake, titles Yakuza Kiwami, is set to release on August 29th on PlayStation 4. The game will also feature a SteelBook Edition on launch. Of course, this will come in limited quantities.
“It’s been a while since the legendary Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, first graced PlayStation 2 systems in 2005’s Yakuza, and it’s time to return to where it all began. Get ready to relive the legend, because the “extreme” HD remakeYakuza Kiwami will be available in the Americas and Europe on Aug. 29 for PlayStation 4!”
The game will also be showing off some new features. Here is what is expected to come:
- A Family Patriarch’s Ransom of New Content – “Kiwami” literally translates to “extreme,” and the game was named that for good reason. 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, combat updates, re-recorded Japanese dialogue, and more 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 Yakuza franchise 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.