Yakuza Kiwami is considered to be the next best thing to a Shenmue remake and it's coming to North America on Aug. 29 to the PlayStation 4. The Yakuza series has become a popular game in Japan and the fame is trickling toward the Western market. In Yakuza Kiwami, players will now be able to play the origin story of the series, the staple narrative of where it all began.
Yakuza Kiwami Comes To The West
Fans of the Yakuza series will now be able to know where it all began as the new remake of the iconic Yakuza Kiwami gets a release for North America. The remake from Sega, which was originally released back in 2005 for the PlayStation 2, is coming to the PlayStation 4 on Aug. 29, 2017. Yakuza Kiwami was reportedly "rebuilt from the ground up" and will cost $29.99.
Publisher boasts the remake will feature "extreme HD" with completely recreated graphics and re-recorded audio from the original game's Japanese voice actors. Sega also said that the new Yakuza Kiwami remake will have new content and "added distractions." One of which is the "Majima Everywhere" system where players get a random surprise combat challenge from Goro Majima plus about 30 minutes worth of new cutscenes.
Yakuza Kiwami Interactive Website
Yakuza Kiwami's interactive website has also been launched and players will be able to learn more about the events of the series through it. The site also features the first issue of the digital comics, starting from the events of Yakuza 0 all through Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. The site and Sega are gearing up for its release next year coming to the PlayStation 4. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is an open world action-adventure game where Kazuma Kiryu returns as the main and only playable character in the game.
Yakuza Kiwami tells the story of Kazuma Kiryu who was set up for murder, making him go to prison for a crime he did not commit. There were missing 10 billion yen from the clan's treasury, he can't find his childhood sweetheart and he gets a lead from an unlikely source: an orphan girl named Haruka. To see more of the story, watch the video below.