PR: Yakuza 0 Given Release Window + Yakuza 5 Sale

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Sega sent out a press release today giving some exciting news about the progress of Yakuza 0 and a big reason to pick up the latest release of Yakuza 5. This time around we’re given a peek at the beginnings of this Japanese mafioso soap opera with Yakuza 0. The prequel tells the story of how series hero Kazuma Kiryu became wrapped up in the city’s seedy underbelly. It will feature old favorites like Goro Majima and faces we haven’t seen in awhile like Akira Nishiki. Sega is handling the localization for this title and they are releasing both a physical and digital copy of the game for North America and Europe. And while the game was released on PS3 and PS4 in Japan, we will only be getting Yakuza 0 on the most recent PlayStation console. If you haven’t picked up the fifth installment of the Yakuza series you can get it for 25% off ($39.99 USD down to $29.99 USD) on the psn store until April 5th. The full press release is below.

Help Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima Become Legend in Yakuza 0

Yakuza 0

Plus, European Release of Yakuza 0 Officially Confirmed; Yakuza 5 Sale in North America 
The characters Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima sprang to life in video games all the way back in 2005, but we got to experience their lives in the midst of their inglorious Yakuza careers, even seeing what life was like after getting out of the organization.

But now, with Yakuza 0, players get to step into the sartorially immaculate shoes of Kiryu and Majima *before* they became the Dragon and the Mad Dog (respectively). And when the game launches, you’ll get to find out just how bad things can get for a Yakuza foot soldier.

We announced this game back in December at the PlayStation Experience, and though there was some confusion back then, we can finally confirm that Yakuza 0 is headed to Europe as well, as both retail and digital releases! We are currently targeting a simultaneous release in both territories.

Here’s an amazing .gif straight from Yakuza 0 to commemorate the occasion!

Also, you’ll notice that we have a rough launch window of “Early 2017” for the title as well!

Yakuza 5 On Sale!
If for some reason, you or anyone you know has yet to try out Yakuza 5, dust off your PS3 because it’s now on sale for 25% off! The sale runs through April 5!


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Leif Conti-Groome is a writer/playwright/video game journalist whose work has appeared on websites such as NextGen Player, Video Game Geek and DriveinTales. His poem Ritual won the 2015 Broadside Contest organized by the Bear Review. While he grew up playing titles such as Final Fantasy VI and Super Double Dragon, he doesn’t really have a preference for genre these days except for Country; that’s a game genre right? Leif’s attention has been more focused on the burgeoning communities of niche Japanese titles, eSports and speedruns. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada and makes a living as a copywriter.