It has 12 years since the legendary Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, made his debut on PlayStation 2 in Yakuza. Now SEGA is once again ready to unleash the dragon, as the HD remake Yakuza Kiwami will be available in the U.S. and Europe on Aug. 29. The game will be coming out physically and digitally on the PlayStation 4 for $29.99/£29.99/€34.99. Additionally, pre-orders and limited first run copies of the physical version will come packaged in a stunning SteelBook.
There is also a newly launched Yakuza Experience website that features an in-depth Yakuza series interactive timeline and character map, as well as the first issue of a 10-part digital comic series, “The Dragon’s Path.” The comic will recreate iconic moments from the franchise, taking readers from Yakuza 0 up to Yakuza 6, and veterans of the series can expect some surprises in store for them. The interactive timeline and character map will be updated to correspond with each new chapter from the comic. Visit the website here: http://yakuza.sega.com/experience/
Being retold in Kiwami is the nascent character arc for Yakuza – the game begins with series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu getting sent to prison for the murder of his family patriarch (which he didn’t commit). To make matters worse, during the 10 years of his imprisonment, not only does Kiryu’s clan expel him from the yakuza, but ¥10 billion (~$100 million) goes missing from the clan treasury. Worse yet, Kiryu’s childhood sweetheart is also nowhere to be found, and with the entirety of the Japanese underworld on the hunt for the missing cash, Kiryu is all but lost until he finds the orphan girl Haruka, searching for her aunt who shares the same name as Kiryu’s missing love. What follows from there is a web of betrayal, underworld politics, and redemption as nothing will stop Kiryu from regaining his honor.