Hot off the heels of Yakuza 0 earlier this year, Sega has announced that Yakuza Kiwami will be arriving on PlayStation 4 physically and digitally on August 29. The title will retail for $29.99, and physical pre-orders and some first run copies come packaged with a sleek steelbook themed around the series’ main character, Kazuma Kiryu.
Yakuza Kiwami is a full remake of the very first Yakuza title on the PS2, adding on a lot more than a simple graphical upgrade. There’s 30 minutes added on with new cutscenes alone, as well as new story threads, side activities, and combat updates. Sega says the game will work great as a bridge for players who may have started the series with Yakuza 0, as they’ve made updates with Kiwami to link the first game more with the prequel. In addition, the entire cast of the original will be reprising their roles for the title. Here’s a quick description of Kiwami’s story from Sega,
“Being retold in Kiwami is the nascent character arc for Yakuza – the game begins with series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu getting sent to prison for the murder of his family patriarch (which he didn’t commit). To make matters worse, during the 10 years of his imprisonment, not only does Kiryu’s clan expel him from the yakuza, but ¥10 billion (~$100 million) goes missing from the clan treasury. Worse yet, Kiryu’s childhood sweetheart is also nowhere to be found, and with the entirety of the Japanese underworld on the hunt for the missing cash, Kiryu is all but lost until he finds the orphan girl Haruka, searching for her aunt who shares the same name as Kiryu’s missing love. What follows from there is a web of betrayal, underworld politics, and redemption as nothing will stop Kiryu from regaining his honor.”
If all of that’s not enough, Sega has also launched the Yakuza Experience website, featuring an interactive series and timeline and character map. You can also check out the first part of a digital comic series called The Dragons Path, which is recreating key moments from the series with a few surprises.
Yakuza Kiwami arrives on August 29 exclusively for PlayStation 4. Make sure you take a look at the story trailer for the game down below.
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