Yakuza Kiwami 2’s Western Release Announced; Coming to PS4 in August

Sega announced that Yakuza 2 remake Yakuza Kiwami 2 will come to North America and Europe on August 28th, 2018, exclusively for PS4.

on March 17, 2018 8:29 PM

Today during an event at the Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California, Sega announced that Yakuza Kiwami 2 is coming west.

To be more precise, the game will release in the west on August 28th for PS4.

For those unfamiliar with the game, Yakuza Kiwami 2 is the full remake of Yakuza 2, originally released on PS2 in 2006. Besides the original setting in Kamurocho, Tokyo, the second game will see protagonist Kazuma Kiryu travel to Osaka as well.

A new logo has also been announced for the studio working on Yakuza games, the Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, and you can check it out at the bottom of the post.

Below you can read a series of bullet points directly from the press release.

  • Dragons Belong on the Dragon Engine – Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a re-creation of the original Yakuza 2, completely rebuilt in the Dragon Engine, the same engine used in developing Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. Experience gorgeous graphics on top of seamless transitions between battles or when entering or leaving buildings. All cutscenes and key voiced lines have been re-recorded to be as true to the original as possible, while reaping the benefits of the most powerful engine the Yakuza series has ever seen.
  • Big Hits, Minigames – Kiryu hasn’t let his time away from the front lines dull his skills in combat or leisure. Pull off a wide variety of brutal (and hilarious) Heat Actions, and challenge new minigames such as Golf Bingo, the original arcade release of Virtual-On, the return of Yakuza 0‘s much-celebrated Cabaret (including the return of fan-favorite Yuki!), Majima’s revamped Clan Creator, and even SEGA’s infamous Toylets!
  • Unveil the Truth of Goro Majima – This time around, Kiryu isn’t the only one running the show – fans of the Mad Dog of Shimano won’t want to miss this new Majima-centric campaign, which features Majima as a playable character, complete with his trusty dagger, and sheds light on his personal journey from the end of Yakuza Kiwami up to Yakuza Kiwami 2.
  • Extreme Localization – We’ve gone through the Yakuza Kiwami 2 script with a fine-toothed comb; every effort has been made to ensure that it’s the most faithful representation of the original Japanese. SEGA is committed to supporting the best Yakuza experience possible for the series’ dedicated fans around the world.

The game will release physically and digitally in North America and Europe for $49.99, and the first run of copies will include a steelbook featuring an illustration of Kazuma Kiryu and antagonist Ryuji Goda.

Incidentally, the demo of Yakuza-6, which was removed from the PlayStation Store just after its release, will be re-launched early next week.

If you’re interested in the Yakuza series, you can check out our review of Yakuza 6, and some new information on the upcoming project codenamed Shin Yakuza.

Yakuza Kiwami 2's Western Release Announced; Coming to PS4 in August

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