The Yakuza series continues to get bigger and bigger in Japan, with the release of Yakuza 5 being the most well-received and best-selling entry in the series yet. The series isn’t nearly as big in the west, however, with the localisations of these games often taking years to happen. However, there are 3 games in the series that are set to release in the future, and it has now been confirmed that all 3 of them will be making their release in the west eventually.
While we knew that Yakuza 0 would be launching for PlayStation 4 early next year, it has now been revealed that the remake called Yakuza: Kiwami and Yakuza 6 will also be heading west. The remake will be kicking things off first, which is set to launch during the Summer of 2017. The wait for Yakuza 6 will be a little longer, as that game currently has an early 2018 release. Still, considering that there will be 2 Yakuza releases leading up to it, the wait for 6 won’t be bad at all. This was also the first time that we learned of Yakuza 6’s subtitle, which was revealed as being The Song of Life.
As for Yakuza 0, that game is a prequel to the first game and expands upon character origins while also adding in new gameplay elements. One of the biggest innovations will be the ability to swap between fighting styles, with both Kiryu and Majima having 3 fighting styles that are unique to them. That game will launch for PlayStation 4 on January 24th, 2017.
SEGA also isn’t finished when it comes to bringing back the earlier games in the Yakuza series to a new audience. They have previously stated that they are looking into ways to bring back the second, third, fourth and fifth entries to release on PlayStation 4, though they did not have anything to report regarding when we would learn more. They did share more information regarding Yakuza 6’s story compared to the fifth installment, which you can learn more about by clicking right here.