PRESS RELEASE: Yakuza 5 Announced for the West

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

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PRESS RELEASE:


SEGA AND SONY ENTERTAINMENT PARTNER TO LAUNCH
YAKUZA 5 IN THE WEST

Long Awaited Entry in Critically Acclaimed Series Releasing in Europe and North America in 2015

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON – December 6, 2014 – Today during its keynote address at the PlayStation Experience community event in Las Vegas, Sony Computer Entertainment America announced a partnership with SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. to release Yakuza 5™, the much awaited fifth installment in the critically acclaimed main Yakuza™ series, on PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system in 2015. Yakuza 5 will make its Western debut as one of the most requested titles from the #Buildingthelist campaign, Gio Corsi, Director of Third Party Production at SCEA, announced at the event. Both companies also revealed that Yakuza™ 4 and Yakuza™: Dead Souls are available on PlayStation®Network today.

A direct sequel to Yakuza 4™, the game continues the epic story of Kazuma Kiryu alongside four other protagonists, following their struggles and conflicts in the seedy underbelly of Japan’s Yakuza underworld. Featuring a new graphics engine versus its predecessor, Yakuza 5 takes players to five major Japanese cities to venture through a life of crime and power.

Yakuza 5 features more mini-games than previous titles, a modified battle system as well as enhanced customizations and interactions in the signature hostess bars of the franchise. In addition to these features, Yakuza 5 also introduces “Another Drama” which is a series of side stories that focus on each protagonist in-depth and are separate from the main story of the game.

“The world of the Yakuza series has fascinated gamers in Japan and the West for many years,” said John Cheng, COO and President of SEGA of America. “We know fans have been eagerly awaiting a release of Yakuza 5 here and we are thrilled to finally launch this spectacular entry in the series in North America and Europe.”

Yakuza 5 will launch in 2015 on PlayStation®Network for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. For more information about the game, please visit www.yakuza.sega.com

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  • Jonah Rosen

    Yay! Now people can stop complaining about this game not being out in North America! So Sega, can you finally bring Phantasy Star Online 2 over…..please…? No…..? Fuck!

    • Tyler Lubben

      There’s always more to complain about!

  • Lord Ackercocke

    By Zeus, Thank the gods. Now if Sega could also release the HD remakes of 1&2 that be great. I’d pre-order them all as soon as they appear on Amazon.

  • Raiken

    I would have liked it better if it had a fysical release, but I am happy that we are at least getting it.