At Sony’s Tokyo Game Show, Yakuza series creator Toshihiro Nigoshi took the stage to announce two new instalments in the long-running Japanese open world crime series. The first is Yakuza: Kiwami a full remake of the original PlayStation 2 title that started the series back in 2005. It is built from the ground up for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 and will feature new minigames and scenarios. In addition, Nigoshi announced Yakuza 6 a brand new sequel continuing the series storyline set to release exclusively on PlayStation 4.
The Yakuza series has seen many instalments over it’s decade long lifespan, but they have had a spotty track record when it comes to western releases. While Yakuza 1 through 4 have received belated western releases, the numerous spin-offs tend not to make it outside of Japan. One exception to this rule is the zombie themed spin-off Yakuza: Dead Souls.
Yakuza 5 is set to finally makes it’s way west before the end of the year, after Sony partnered with Yakuza publisher Sega, to bring the PlayStation 3 game to the PlayStation Store almost three years after the title’s Japanese release.
Yakuza: Kiwami is set to release on January 21, 2016 in Japan while Yakuza 6 is set to release Fall 2016 in Japan. Neither game has been confirmed for a western release.