What a time to be a Yakuza fan. It was just last year that Yakuza 0 and Kiwami helped give the series a new level of relevancy in the West and now thanks to the latest issue of Famitsu we’ve learned that Sega plans to remaster Yakuza 3, 4 and 5 too.
Based on the information provided in the online preview, all three titles are due out by Spring 2019, featuring the same content as their original counterparts, but will run in 1080p resolution and at 60 frames per second.
Here is the planned release schedule in Japan:
- Yakuza 3 – August 9 for 3,990 yen + (development is already 80 percent complete)
- Yakuza 4 – Fall 2018
- Yakuza 5 – Spring 2019
Considering that each of these games came out for the PlayStation 3 (2009, 2010, and 2013, respectively), it will definitely be nice to have the entire series on a single platform. Now, players will finally be able to experience the journey of series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu from beginning to end without the need to switch between consoles.
Of course, this announcement only applies to Japan for the time being, as now plans for a Western release have been revealed just yet. That said, it’s safe to assume we’ll be getting these, just like with all the others. And while we wait, fans still have Yakuza 6: The Song of Life which arrived on the PS4 back in April, as well as Yakuza Kiwami 2 which is slated to arrive in the West this August.
Hopefully, once all these remasters are done, Sega takes another look at Yakuza Ishin.