Yakuza Kiwami is Now Available in the Americas and Europe
Like a surprise roundhouse kick from the Dragon of Dojima himself, Yakuza Kiwami‘s launch is already here! You might think you’re ready to take on the gorgeous, shining streets of Kamurocho, but Goro Majima disagrees and is here to train you as you don the form of Kazuma Kiryu once again. Framed for murder and expelled from his clan, Kiryu must regain his honor and rebuild his life in this HD remake of the PlayStation®2 classic Yakuza, now in the West! The game is now available physically and digitally on the PlayStation®4 for $29.99 (with commensurate European pricing). Whether its random appearances from Majima himself or a race around the tracks in Pocket Racer, Yakuza Kiwami is ready to destroy your boredom for many dozens of hours.
Surely you’ll want to record some video and share it, right? Why not do it with some style? Commemorating the launch of Yakuza Kiwami, we’re going to release a new SHAREfactory theme spanning the entire series, including:
- A new intro and outro
- A title clip
- 7 Custom transitions and 1 font
- 5 New background images
- 13 Stickers
Use this theme to customize your own videos Yakuza style! This will be available this Friday (Sept. 1).
Yakuza Kiwami Features:
- 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 is now available on PlayStation 4 physically and digitally on Aug. 29 for $29.99 (with commensurate European pricing). In addition to Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami provides an excellent starting point for those who have always heard about the series but have yet to try it. It preserves the charm of old-school, PS2-era beat-em-up gameplay, but deftly combines it with a hard-boiled crime drama punctuated with the liveliness of Kamurocho – the fictional red-light district of Tokyo the game is set in – and all the distractions that a red-light district can offer. The game is rated M by the ESRB. For more information about Yakuza Kiwami and the Yakuza series, please visit yakuza.sega.com/kiwami.