The hot Japanese summer is famous for a few very relevant things. It’s the time of Tanabata, near-deadly humidity, breaking watermelons with a stick, wind chimes and… new Yakuza announcements.
Today Sega announced that a new game from the Yakuza studio will be revealed on August 26th, during an event that will last from 7 to 8 PM Japan time. The venue will be the UDX Theater right in front of the Akihabara station in Tokyo, which happens to be the traditional location for Yakuza announcements.
It’s worth mentioning, though, that the announcement does not specify that the new game will be a Yakuza game, but it explicitly indicates a new game by the Yakuza studio.
The event will be presented by legendary Yakuza series producer Toshihiro Nagoshi, that incidentally mentioned about a month ago that “something” will be announced about the future of the Yakuza series in August.
While the announcement indeed does not say that the new game will be part of the series that saw the (now offiicially ended with Yakuza 6: The Song of Life) adventures of Kazuma Kiryu… If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck…
Speculation aside, things might not be as simple as they seem, because Nagoshi-san himself hosted a livestream today, mentioning that while he cannot give further details, there will be multiple announcements coming at the event.
Sega is going to select thirty audience members via lottery, but you can certainly expect the announcements to hit the net right after the show. Of course, you’ll read them all here on DualShockers as soon as they happen.
In the meanwhile, Yakuza fans are in for more treats in the west, with Yakuza Kiwami (the remake of the glorious first game of the franchise) releasing in North America and Europe on August 29th, while Yakuza 6 will come west early next year. If you want to see quite a bit of its gameplay, check out some PS4 Pro footage, more featuring minigames, and the sexy “live chat” feature. You can also enjoy the E3 trailers for both games here, and a recent video for Kiwami.
In the meanwhile, prequel Yakuza 0 launched to almost unanimous critical acclaim,including my own review.