Yakuza Kiwami coming to PS4 and remastered on August 29th

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OH MAH GLOB. After the stellar Yakuza 0 release earlier this year, I didn’t expect a treat to one of the PS2’s greatest games to come out so soon. That’s right Yakuza Kiwami (from 2005!) is being remastered and released on the PS4 for a mere $30 on August 29th. There’s even a nifty SteelBook edition to nab if you’re into collecting those sorts of things.

The whole thing’s been reworked graphically, and new VO has been recorded as well. Clearly, SEGA is on their A Game here. Now to convince them for a new single player Phantasy Star… check out the trailer below!

Being retold in Kiwami is the nascent character arc for Yakuza - the game begins with series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu getting sent to prison for the murder of his family patriarch (which he didn't commit). To make matters worse, during the 10 years of his imprisonment, not only does Kiryu's clan expel him from the yakuza, but ¥10 billion (~$100 million) goes missing from the clan treasury. Worse yet, Kiryu's childhood sweetheart is also nowhere to be found, and with the entirety of the Japanese underworld on the hunt for the missing cash, Kiryu is all but lost until he finds the orphan girl Haruka, searching for her aunt who shares the same name as Kiryu's missing love. What follows from there is a web of betrayal, underworld politics, and redemption as nothing will stop Kiryu from regaining his honor.

From the SEGA press release:

It’s been a while since the legendary Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, first graced PlayStation 2 systems in 2005’s Yakuza, and it’s time to return to where it all began. Get ready to relive the legend, because the “extreme” HD remake Yakuza Kiwami will be available in the Americas and Europe on Aug. 29 for PlayStation 4! Besides completely recreated graphics and fully re-recorded Japanese audio by the original voice actors, the game also features added distractions and ~30 minutes of new cutscenes! The game will be coming out physically and digitally for $29.99/£29.99/€34.99, and pre-orders/first run copies of the physical version will come packaged in a stunning SteelBook®. Take a look at the glamshot below!

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