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Details About Yakuza 5 Emerge, Development is 70% Complete

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Yakuza 5 is being built from the ground up with an entirely new engine. This means Yakuza: Dead Souls was the last game to use the engine that has powered the series since the Japanese exclusive Yakuza Kenzan! in 2008.

Yakuza 5 is reported to take place across five cities; Sapporo, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka. It will also feature five playable characters; Kazuma Kiryu, Taiga Saejima, Shun Akiyama, Haruka and newcomer Tatsuo Shinada who is a former baseball player who is banned from the sport after gambling his way into debt. The twist is he’s innocent.

As for the other characters, Kiryu is now working as a taxi driver in Fukuoka, Saejima is locked up again for some reason, Akiyama has relocated to Osaka on a business trip, Haruka has left Okinama for Osaka to become a teen idol, but her talent agency is up to something behind the scenes.

The game is apparently 70% complete and is due for a Japanese release exclusively on Playstation 3 this December. No word from SEGA Europe or USA currently exists regarding a Western release for the game. Toshihiro Nagoshi returns as the game’s designer.

[Source: Eurogamer]

Video Spotlight: Trailer Round-Up

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

We’ve missed a lot of recent trailers for up and coming SEGA games recently so let’s recap:

Binary Domain Hollow Child Cutscene

Yakuza: Dead Souls Minigames

London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games Velodrome Fly Through

Interesting side-note: I’ve actually been here in real life!

Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition Launch Trailer

[Source: SEGA Europe’s YouTube Channel]

Video Spotlight: Yakuza Dead Souls Trailer

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

On the 16th of March the Yakuza series returns with a new spin-off title, ‘Yakuza: Dead Souls’. The new title plays out during a zombie outbreak in Tokyo and it’s up to Kiryu Kazuma and friends to survive it! Check out the new trailer below:

[Source: SEGA News.net]

Yakuza Of the End Coming to the West; Renamed Yakuza: Dead Souls

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

SEGA’s batty zombie Yakuza spin-off Yakuza: Of the End is coming to Western shores in March 2012 under the name of Yakuza: Dead Souls.

The only other difference (apart from the name) announced so far is the addition of a brand new Pachislot mini-game.

Toshihiro Nagoshi was quoted earlier saying that if Yakuza: Of the End came to the West, he would tweak the shooting mechanics to be more in line with modern 3rd person shooters that are typical to this side of the world. However, this has not been confirmed at this time.

The game will also be Playstation 3 exclusive like its’ Japanese counterpart.

[Source: Eurogamer]

EDIT

Full press release direct from SEGA:

LONDON AND SAN FRANCISCO (5th October, 2011) – SEGA® Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc. today announce that the much requested ‘Yakuza of the End’ will be available in the West from March 2012. Renamed ‘Yakuza: Dead Souls’ this iconic Japanese series will be available exclusively to PlayStation® 3 owners and will feature the entire storyline and a brand new mini-game Pachislot!

Yakuza: Dead Souls brings the Yakuza back to Kamurocho, the famous red light district of Tokyo, which is under attack from hordes of zombies. Players will not only face armies of the undead and incredibly powerful mutants; the treacherous Japanese underworld is just as merciless. Playing through the eyes of four of the most revered members of the series, witness allegiances shift quickly and the line between friend and foe lost. If you thought zombies were bad…meet the Yakuza!

“We know how much people love Yakuza in the West and with Dead Souls being the latest and greatest in the franchise its only right we bring it to them closer to the Japanese release than ever.”– said Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing at SEGA.

Yakuza: Dead Souls features gunplay for the first time in the Yakuza series, where everything from pistols, machine guns and rocket launchers can be employed against your enemies. Just remember to save some ammo in case you run into something more terrifying than zombies! With all the depth and story of a Yakuza title, plus the addition of exciting shoot-outs and previously unplayable characters Ryuji Goda and Goro Majima, Yakuza: Dead Souls is worth dying for.

For more information please visit www.sega.com/yakuza/

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