Yakuza 0 and 5 Headed to America on Playstation Consoles

At today’s Playstation Experience, SEGA announced that the prequel to one of their biggest franchises will be coming to the U.S. on Playstation 4 with Yakuza 0.  Our Japanese readers will be unimpressed by this news as they’ve already been playing it on PS3 and PS4 for some time. However, SEGA has decided to finally share it with American gamers in order to progress their long running story.

Unfamiliar with the Yakuza 0 story?  Here’s the synopsis: 

Yakuza 0 portrays the genesis of Kazuma Kiryu, the rising Dragon of Dojima in the heyday of the economic bubble in the late 1980s. Starting off in series familiar location Kamurocho, Kiryu, a junior member of the Dojima family, gets blamed for a debt collection that ends in murder. Of course, this murder happens on a hotly coveted plot of land in Kamurocho, and Kiryu quickly finds himself in over his head trying to regain his honor and save the reputation of his savior and father figure, Shintaro Kazama.

Meanwhile, series familiar Goro Majima is living the life in Osaka, running a cabaret above board. But his desire to rejoin the Yakuza Clan he was ousted from is intense, and in order to do so, Majima must complete impossible tests set by increasingly unforgiving bosses. The clan keeps pushing his limits just to see how far he will really go to prove his loyalty…

Yakuza 0 debuted at #1 in Japan upon its release.  There is no announced date for the US release but it will be exclusive to PS4 and there will be a physical release.

Also announced during the Experience was that Yakuza 5 will be released digitally on PS3.  Fans in the US and Europe will be able to get their hands on the 5th installment when the game hit the Playstation Network on Dec. 8th.

Taking place across five different cities in Japan, Yakuza 5 follows five protagonists who have been involved with various Yakuza syndicates in the past. Through a series of events, the protagonists are forcibly dragged back into the seedy underworld of Japan and will need to rely on their fighting, driving, shooting, and dancing skills to survive.

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