This news will come as little surprise to the legions of Yakuza fans around the world who have contributed to its popularity, but the series is getting another trio of remasters. The only caveat is that they are only scheduled to launch in Japan at the time of writing.
Yakuza 0 gained the franchise a whole new generation of followers when it launched, hooking them with its Saturday Night Fever-esque take on 80s Tokyo and the power struggle going on amongst Japan’s mob. Since then, Kiwami brought the initial title Yakuza on to the current gen and is set to be followed by Kiwami 2, which is itself a remaster of the second; the tally is four if you include Yakuza 6: The Song of Life.
But most fans, old and new, have long voiced their opinion that there is room in our living rooms for the interim years that are currently missing from modern collections as we wish to either relive the action or experience it for the very first time. And it appears that SEGA agrees with that logic as they have now announced a string of new remasters, which are conveniently the missing pieces to the Sushi puzzle, so to speak.
The information, sourced via Gematsu, reads as follows:
- Yakuza 3 will launch on August 9th.
- Yakuza 4 will follow sometime this fall.
- Yakuza 5 will be released in 2019.
Despite there being no inclination given as to if, or when, the reworked games will make their way towards western shores, we do know that they will run at 60fps in glorious 1080p.
Have you ventured into Japan’s shadows and proven yourself in hand to hand combat? If so, what’s your secret to removing the blood that is left, evidently, splattered across our bleached white collar? People are starting to give us funny looks…
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