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Yakuza 1 Remake, Yakuza 6 Announced

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.

 

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Lawson Kiehne
Lawson Kiehne is an aspiring Australian writer who is fascinated by everything involving stories. In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing video games and watching films and television and hopes to one day be a published novelist.