You can now gets your hands on a pre-order for Yakuza Kiwami, and if you do it digitally, you’ll get a kickass theme to match; Kazuma Kiryu and Akira Nishikiyama hanging out in the background of your PS4 menu.
We’ve got some nifty screenshots for you, right here:
If you haven’t heard of it, Yakuza Kiwami preserves the charm of old-school, PS2-era, beat-em-up gameplay, but 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 can offer.
Not just a simple graphical upgrade, Kiwami adds nearly half an hour of cutscenes, 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, plus even more), side quests, combat updates, re-recorded Japanese dialogue; tons of upgraded extras to bring the original Yakuza game into current gen standards.
This game is the ultimate bridge in the series; if you started with Yakuza 0, you’ll have familiar controls, top-notch SEGA localization, and a solid starting point for entering the Yakuza franchise. Veteran fans, however, will experience a familiar Kamurocho and plot, but with new levels of story depth and graphical polish.
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 at any given moment!
But if that’s not enough to convince you, Kiwami has been rebuilt from the ground up with all new HD assets, exclusive Japanese voice audio re-recorded by the series cast, optimised for the PlayStation 4, and running in 1080p/60fps. Following suit with SEGA’s commitment to the Yakuza series, the game will release in both physical and digital formats in the West.
Pre-orders and first run copies of the physical version will come packaged the above steelbook, which is rather stunning, to say the least. Yakuza Kiwami will be released on PlayStation 4, physically and digitally, on 29 August 2017 for £30. In the meantime, check out the explorable map for the world of Yakuza, and the tie in comic that spans several of the games!