Yakuza 5 Gets Haruka as a Playable Character and Has Double the Content of Yakuza 4

on May 29, 2012 4:59 PM

A couple more details emerged today about Sega’s upcoming fifth main entry in the Yakuza franchise. Dengeki PlayStation had a feature on the game – which is to be released in Japan later this year – and was told that the main story content is twice as hefty as the previous title. Those of you who played Yakuza 4 knows that game already had a load of content in the story itself, let alone the side-questing and such.

Something else – and something that is of more interest to me – is that Haruka is now a playable character. She’s 16 years old in Yakuza 5, so special areas of the game had to be created just for her specific part of the story and the gameplay that revolves around her. (Obviously she shouldn’t be visiting hostess bars and the like, and probably won’t be taking out hoodlums twice her size in typical combat.)

Sega is remaining silent on many of the details for now, but this is certainly enough to get fans of the franchise something to chew on for a while longer.

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Chad joined the DualShockers staff in mid 2009 and since then has put much of his time into covering RPGs, with a focus on the Japanese side of the genre, from the obscure to the mainstream. He's a huge fan of iconic games like Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy VI and Persona 4 yet enjoys the smaller niche titles, as well. In his spare time he enjoys experiencing new beer, new foods and keeping up with just about every sci-fi show on television. He's married to an intelligent, beautiful Southern Belle who keeps his life interesting with witty banter and spicy Cajun cooking.