SEGA and Deep Silver bring Yakuza Kiwami to PlayStation4.

In 2005, a legend was born on the PlayStation 2 – the legend of Kazuma Kiryu, the dragon of Dojima, in his video game debut in Yakuza. And now, 11 years after launch, a new generation of players will experience the unparalleled action and drama of the Yakuza series with the completely reimagined HD remake of Yakuza Kiwami, exclusive to PlayStation®4.

And ‘completely re-developed’ isn’t fancy talk, Kiwami literally means ‘extreme’ and for good reason: the game includes new features and content in addition to the increase in resolution of the original game. Kiwami adds depth to the original PS2 story, diversions around Kamurocho’s in-game environment, additional side missions, updated mechanics and combat systems, and much more.

In addition, Yakuza Kiwami will be available digitally and in stores and will feature an exclusive re-recording of the original Japanese dialogue for the first time in the West. Yakuza Kiwami will be published in America by SEGA and in Europe by Deep Silver in Summer 2017.

SEGA and Deep Silver bring Yakuza Kiwami to PlayStation4

The story retold in Kiwami is the blossoming character arc of Yakuza – the game begins with the incarceration of Kazuma Kiryu, the protagonist of the series, for the murder of his grandfather (which he did not commit).

And to make matters worse, during his 10 years of imprisonment, not only is Kiryu’s clan expelled from the Yakuza, but ¥10 billion (~$100 million) disappears from the clan’s treasury.

SEGA and Deep Silver bring Yakuza Kiwami to PlayStation4

Even worse, Kiryu’s childhood sweetheart is nowhere to be seen and with the hunt for the missing money all over the Japanese underworld, Kiryu is all but lost until he finds the orphaned girl Haruka, who is looking for her aunt who has the same name as Kiryu’s missing love . What follows is a web of betrayal, underworld politics and redemption as nothing stops Kiryu from regaining his honor.

Features:

SEGA and Deep Silver bring Yakuza Kiwami to PlayStation4
  • A Family Patriarch’s Ransom of New Content – It’s not just a simple graphical upgrade. Kiwami features nearly 30 minutes of cut scenes that provide a fresh look at the game’s plot and run like a thread through the story, showing similarities to predecessor Yakuza 0. Also added are distractions (Pocket Circuit car racing, MesuKing: Battle Bug Beauties, new hostesses, and more), side missions, and battle system updates that bring the original Yakuza game to the latest console generation.
  • A place for newcomers and veterans – Yakuza Kiwami is the ultimate amalgamation of the series: newcomers and players familiar with Yakuza 0 enjoy the best controls, good SEGA localization and a good starting point to get started with the Yakuza series. Veterans will experience a familiar Kamurocho and plot but with more depth and a graphical upgrade.
  • But it was me! Majima! – Completely new to Kiwami is the ‘Majima Everywhere’ system where the series’ deranged, one-eyed maniac constantly surprises and challenges Kiryu to battle when he least expects it. Players must always be on guard and ready to defend themselves against Kiryu’s rival.
  • Extreme Refurbishment – Kiwami is being re-developed with brand new HD assets, exclusive Japanese voice audio re-recorded by the cast and more; optimized for the PlayStation 4 and 1080p/60fps. And thanks to SEGA’s partnership for the Yakuza series, the game will be released in the West in both physical and digital form.

Yakuza Kiwami will be released on PlayStation 4 in Summer 2017, and in addition to Yakuza 0, it provides an excellent starting point for those who have always heard about the series but have yet to try it. It retains the charm of the old-school, PS2-era beat-em-up gameplay, but combines it with a hard-boiled crime drama laced with the vibrancy of Kamurocho – the fictional red-light district of Tokyo in which the game is set – and all the distractions a red-light district can provide. The game has not yet been rated by PEGI. For more information on Yakuza Kiwami and the Yakuza series, visit yakuza.sega.com.