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Yakuza Kiwami 2 Coming To The West In August

by Jelani James


With Yakuza 6: The Song of Life due out in a few weeks, Sega has announced that Yakuza Kiwami 2 is set to release in the West this fall (now making me 2 of 5 for the games I’m hoping to see announced this year).

Released late last year in Japan, Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a remake of Yakuza 2, just like how last year’s Yakuza Kiwami is a remake of the original Yakuza. 

The story takes place a year after the events of the first game and Kiryu, as always, has found himself in a good deal of trouble. This time, Kiryu must deal with the aftermath of a coup within the Omi Alliance led by antagonist Ryuji Gouda, which has caused the once tense relationship with the Tojo Clan to become an all-out war waged on the streets of Kamurocho.

Aside from a few new faces, many of the participants in this story are ones that we have come to know thanks to the events of 0 and Kiwami. Among them are Makoto Date, Osamu Kashiwagi, Haruka Sawamura and, of course, Goro Majima.

And speaking of Majima, thanks to how well he was received in 0, Sega has decided to have him star in an all-new campaign, The Truth of Goro Majima, where we’ll get to learn how he became a leader in the construction industry (his business is why the upper part of Kamurocho is blocked off in Yakuza 6).

Beyond that, other new things in Yakuza Kiwami 2 include the Dragon Engine (which is now polished and no longer in an experimental state like it was in 6), Clan Creator for Majima and the mini games, Golf Bingo and Virtual On.

Yakuza Kiwami 2 will be available both digitally and physically for $50. Pre-orders and first-run copies will come in a steelbook case with artwork featuring Kazuma Kiryu and Ryuji Goda.

Yakuza Kiwami 2 is due out for the PlayStation 4 on Aug. 28.

Check out the announcement trailer below:

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