Yakuza 0 will Launch in the West in January

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

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Yakuza 0 (3)

Via press release Atlus has finally given a release date to long awaited Yakuza 0 here in the West. The game will Release on January 24th in both North America and Europe for the PlayStation 4 only. They have also confirmed that both regions will receive a both a physical and digital release. Here are a few screens and just in case you missed it, the E3 trailer :

 

If you want to find out more about this exciting title check out the full press release below.


Make Kamurocho Yours – Yakuza 0 Launches in the Americas and Europe on January 24
 
Pre-orders Now Available for the Prequel to SEGA’s Long-running Crime Drama
IRVINE, Calif. – July 27, 2016 – Behind the decadent glitz and glamour of 1980s Japan lies an underworld of money, sin, and above all else… opportunity. Anything and everything is ripe for the taking, but always remember that more money inexorably leads to more problems. And for Yakuza 0’s two protagonists, Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima, the problems are just starting. And their problems will become players’ problems when SEGA® of America, Inc.’s gangster drama Yakuza 0 launches in the Americas and Europe beginning Jan. 24, 2017 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. The game will be released physically and digitally for $59.99, and pre-orders are now live at retail!
Yakuza 0 tells the origin stories of Kazuma Kiryu, the rising Dragon of Dojima, and Goro Majima, before he’s known as the Mad Dog of Shimano, as they fight, hustle, flirt, and dance their way through the seedy underbelly of Japan. Taking place in a chilly but electric Kamurocho, Tokyo in December 1988, Kiryu’s story follows his steady ascension up the ranks of the Dojima yakuza crime family until he gets blamed for a debt collection gone wrong. Kiryu must utilize his cunning and his fists in order to regain his honor and save the reputation of his father figure, Shintaro Kazama. Meanwhile, Goro Majima is running a popular cabaret in Osaka, but he wants more than anything to rejoin the yakuza clan that ousted him. He’ll need to complete a series of impossible tasks set by his bosses, but will these tasks push Majima past the point of no return?
Yakuza 0 Features:
  • The Dragon’s Origins: What lies in a man’s past defines his future, and in this case, we learn a lot about what inspires Kiryu down the paths he takes in the rest of the Yakuza series. Plus, you don’t get to be called “Dragon” without being able to knock a few heads. Combat styles can be hot-swapped during fights for some of the most intense battles in the Yakuza series to date.
  • Embrace the Mad Dog: For the first time in a numbered game, long-time NPC Goro Majima is playable. With his own fighting style, abilities, and his penchant for turning sleaze into profit, stepping into the role of Yakuza’s most eccentric character will provide some eye-opening insight.
  • The Decadence of the 1980s in Japan: Cash rules everything in the world of Yakuza 0, and in the game, there are a million ways to spend, make, or take money. From cash spilling out of the pockets of gang members you fight to Telephone Clubs, Disco Halls, or even Pocket Circuit car races, there are tons of ways to be a well-to-do gangster.

Yakuza 0 is being localized by SEGA® of America, Inc. and will be released physically and digitally in the Americas and Europe beginning Jan. 24, 2017. The game will be available on PlayStation 4 systems for $59.99 (with comparable prices throughout the Americas), and is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information, please visit: yakuza.sega.com/yakuza0

About SEGA® of America, Inc.:
SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Games Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home.  The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.  SEGA of America’s website is located at www.sega.com

About SEGA® Europe Ltd.:
SEGA® Europe Ltd. is the European Distribution arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Games Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA Europe’s website is located at www.sega.com.

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  • JGuill

    Eventhough there is no special edition. I’ll pre-order this. I’ve been trying to get into Yakuza for a while. The only one I own is Yakuza 2. I never owned a Ps3 so I missed out on those titles.

    • Panpopo

      This is a prequel taking place in the 80s so this is a good place to start.

  • Dgnfly

    I hope its not gonna be butchered or any other kinda of alteration like the previous ones had.

    • Panpopo

      They won’t. There was definite backlash on the 3rd game when they did that, and they learned their lesson with their last 2 titles.

    • Dgnfly

      Yakuza 4 did have cut content, It might have been smaller but there was cutting because of cultural bullshit reasons if i recall.

    • Panpopo

      I’m sorry I forgot about that quiz game – apparently the images were in text so it couldn’t be brought over

      http://www.siliconera.com/2011/03/04/the-complete-list-of-yakuza-4-edits/

    • Dgnfly

      Then they should have just left it that way and let ppl get inventive and figure it all out themselves its kinda like pretending everybody is equally stupid, And yes i know it sounds hard but atleast that would have given some fans the incentive to try and understand something different by doing some research about it.

      If you look at the same quiz type from Yakuza 3 which was just about random questions about older yakuza titles so how would that be hard to translate really?

      Let’s be honest ppl don’t obtain knowledge by being lazy but by doing research. and just cause some ppl might not know the anwser they might learn them in the process.

      Sometimes i do feel ppl todays need to be spoonfed or else they have a hissy fit when its too hard for them. its the same bullshit that they suddently feel Dark souls needs a easy mode for the stupid.

    • Lazy_Penguin1989

      Only the third game had this issue as that game was outsourced when it came time to localize it. They made sure to continuously do the work in-house after the backlash from fans with the fourth game and onwards. Though, I can understand the fears due to the environment these days and the subject matter some of the extra activities the game revels in. But they assured they wouldn’t be tampering with anything when the game was announced for localization when asked.

    • Dgnfly

      Not sure about it, but wasen’t there a quiz game deleted from Yakuza4 with 2 side quest?
      http://www.gamingexcellence.com/news/sega-reveals-list-of-yakuza-4s-cut-content

    • Lazy_Penguin1989

      Yes, Answer X Answer, which was also featured in Ryu ga Gotoku 3 but was removed among other things when localized. The reason for its removal as they felt no one outside of Japan would actually get the questions nor would they possibly know the answers unless they lived there. While they changed their reasoning for Yakuza 4, it was the only thing besides licensed music that was removed.

      They have been trying since even then to include side content the West would probably not understand or would have greater difficulty like the stand up routine in Yakuza 5. They explained it was very difficult to translate but felt it should be included along with every other activity in Haruka’s section. So I believe having faith in them wouldn’t be too bad. We will just have to wait and see.

    • Dgnfly

      The reason for removal in general is stupid cause it presumes everybody is that i’ll educated about other cultur’s not to mention the fact that with this kinda mini-game ppl could become interested and do some research for once. But that’s most likely just me.

      Sorry but the reason in general is stupid for the sake of the stupid, and yes i know its offensive but its also true.
      Like i said in the other comment above.
      Sometimes i do feel ppl today need to be spoon fed or else they have a
      hissy fit when its too hard for them. its the same bullshit that they
      suddently feel Dark souls needs a easy mode for the stupid.

  • Panpopo

    I am beyond hyped. Yakuza series is one of main reasons I still play video games – one of the best series out there.

    • Dgnfly

      Its just a mini GTA in Japan but with a pretty good story. I do however feel the milking is kinda making the story more deluded and less strong then the first 2 games were.

    • JGuill

      I wouldn’t even call it GTA. I would say it what would happen if Kunio /river city ransom were adopted into a bigger budget game!

    • Dgnfly

      True, but a lot of ppl don’t know those games so most ppl online like to rever it as a mini GTA game. Also sucks River city is Nintendo only cause i loved that game and own the nintendo cartridge.

  • Mr0303

    Glad that SEGA is confirming a physical release for Europe. I hope this becomes the rule rather than the exception.