Today Sega updated the official website of Hokuto Ga Gotoku with a large batch of new screenshots and info on the upcoming Yakuza-meets-Fist of the North Star adventure game.
First of all, we get to see the city of Eden and its locations. It’s the site of a mysterious facility named Sphere City that graces it with luxuries like electricity. Differently from the rest of the world, it even has a currency for transactions, named “Ideal,” while a giant wall protects the city from external enemies. Only a limited number of people can enter and leave.
The nature of the facility predating the war is unknown, but large quantities of water circulate in the popes in the walls, producing electricity. Entering the facility is forbidden to everyone.
Bazar Street is the city’s largest market where the currency named “ideal” is used to purchase fruits, vegetables, and local delicacies the city is famous for.
Casino Street is a dazzling alley in a corner of the entertainment district. A popular casino (especially among the guards) is the landmark of this neighborhood.
Junk Alley is an area where cars and motorcycles are repaired and maintained. This is where Kenshiro can take care and upgrade the buggy he can use to explore the wasteland.
The Cathedral is on a hill in the middle of the city. It’s where Kisana exercises her rule, and citizen line up every day bring their petitions. When entering, one can see Sphere City, but going further is prohibited.
The Night Club is Eden’s biggest entertainment facility, where men can be entertained by the local hostesses.
The Colosseum is an arena in downtown Eden. The audience can place bets on the fights, where prisoners can bet their freedom.
We also see the buggies that can be used to explore the wasteland. Bad can help Kenshiro collect materials to improve his car, also expanding your exploration range. Outside the city, it’s possible to be attacked by outlaws, and to take part in rally races.
There is no “proper” batting center in the game, but instead, Kenshiro can “bat” the outlaws in a new minigame using a steel beam while they charge on their bikes. It’s the true batting center of the end of the century.
In the clinic, Kenshiro can use his knowledge of pressure points to heal the citizen. This is actually a rhythm game, but criminals will also come and will require a different “Kenshiro-style” treatment.
The same “Kenshiro-style” treatment can be used to deal with rowdy and drunk customers at the night club, where our hero will be in charge of security.
Working as a bartender at the local pub will prompt Kenshiro to listen to the troubles and worries of various customers. He will use the Hokuto Shinken to make cocktails that can inspire them to solve their issues.
While exploring the wasteland, it’s possible to find relics from the civilization of the old world. Among those, there are consoles and game cartridges. You can even find a Sega Mark III version of the classic Fist of the North Star game. Of course, you aren’t limited to collecting the games, but you can also play them.
Last, but not least, Kenshiro will help out Lin who has opened a stall in Eden. He will act as a merchant purchasing goods from various places, helping her run the store. It’s also possible to buy items when the stall prospers.
You can check out the screenshots below. If you want to see more you can also check out the first live gameplay from a few days ago, a recent trailer, a batch of screenshots and information on the battle system, a TV commercial, the beautiful cover art designed by Tetsuo Hara himself, some recent screenshots, and some gameplay from Tokyo Game Show.
The game’s Japanese release has recently been slightly delayed from February 22nd to March 8th. It’ll launch exclusively for PS4.