We are now twenty-seven days away from the launch of Yakuza Kiwami. If you are not yet familiar with the Dragon of Dojima, let me put it this way: Trevor Phillips would back down. Trevor might stomp a guy to death til his brains are stuck to his boots. Kazuma Kiryu wouldn't stain his shoes with your blood. Instead he would pick up a motorcycle and beat you to death with that!
If that is not bad ass enough, Majima (pictured above) was the Japanese version of Trevor before Trevor was even conceptualized. The Yakuza series is an experience for gamers that love action and weirdness; now SEGA wants to reward anyone that gets in on it!
- 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 comes exclusively to PlayStation 4 in the Americas and Europe on August 29, 2017. Get yours here in the US for $29.99, including a steelbox game case 9while supplies last).