Finally, the “Extreme” HD remaster of the original Yakuza is coming to the PS4 in the Americas and Europe as Yakuza Kiwami.
Yakuza was first released on the PS2 back in 2005 and if you are like me and missed out on it or are a fan that would love to play it again, then you are in for a treat. Not only have the graphics been completely redone but the dialogue has also been re-recorded by the original voice actors.
Check out the full list of features from Sega’s official press release:
- 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.
Yakuza Kiwami will launch on the PS4 both at retail and digitally on August 29, 2017 for $29.99/£29.99/€34.99. Pre-order and release window copies will come in an exclusive Steelbook case:
That’s not all of the Yakuza news we have this morning. Sega has also announced the launch of a new Yakuza Experience website which features the first issue of a 10 issue digital comic, a character map and timeline as well as a Yakuza 360° Experience.