UPDATE 22/1/19: Sega has now confirmed its teased 19th February release date for Yakuza Kiwami on Steam. You can put down a pre-order now - it usually costs £15 but there's currently a 10 per cent discount.
We've known for some time - since June 2018, in fact - that Yakuza Kiwami is on its way to PC through Steam. And now, some six months later, we might finally have an actual release date - albeit one gleaned from a single frame in an animated gif, thanks to Sega's usual PC marketing malarky.
This unconventional means of news delivery shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, of course; ever since Sega struck viral gold with its 8-bit Bayonetta game (which transpired to be a tease for a release of Platinum's action opus on PC), its marketing stunts have become a fixture on Steam. We saw artwork for Vanquish cheekily hidden in Bayonetta's files prior to a proper PC announcement, and, more recently, sheep infiltrated Steam ahead of Catherine's PC reveal.
Sony has revealed the PlayStation Plus PlayStation 4 games due out in November, confirming a leak of its own from earlier this month.
Earlier in October, Sony advertised the November Plus games on PlayStation.com, revealing Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition and Yakuza Kiwami.
Today, Sony confirmed both games are set for Plus in November in a video, below.
Earlier than usual, Sony has confirmed the PlayStation 4 games to be given away next month via PlayStation Plus.
To talk about Yakuza Kiwami 2 is to look at the game through three lenses. For some, it's a remake of a game made in the mid-2000s. For others, it's a continuation of a tale they got hooked on thanks to the release of Yakuza 0. Perhaps most importantly, it's a game that has the uncanny ability to draw from both what came before it and after it.
Yakuza Kiwami 2
There's something magical about video games set in the real world. At the intersection of the fantastical and the mundane you get to become the hero of our very own world while taking in some of the most beautiful vistas our planet has to offer, all from the comfort of your couch.
Sega's continuing to show the PC some love, bringing two Yakuza games and Valkyria Chronicles 4 to Steam in the coming months.
The places we visit in games are usually one-off affairs; we shoot or puzzle ourselves through a level and are done with it, always impatient to get to the next stage and exciting new sights. Many games recognise that virtual spaces are more than just levels whose walls funnel us through a series of obstacles. They allow us to spend time exploring or simply being in those spaces. Many RPGs, for example, let us return to locations we visited dozens of hours earlier, perhaps subtly changed by the intervening time or our actions. In the Animal Crossing series, the miniature world changes subtly in our absence, and NPCs will even admonish us for staying away for too long.
Yakuza Kiwami 2, a full remake of the original Yakuza 2, will launch for PlayStation 4 on 28th August outside Japan.
(That date is confirmed for North America - we'll likely see it the following Friday, 31st August.)
This re-creation of the original comes courtesy of Yakuza 6's Dragon engine - with the shinier graphics you would expect.
The original Yakuza is receiving a PS4 remake next week and it looks like Yakuza 2 will receive a similar treatment.
Two Yakuza games within eight months? Maybe 2017 isn't so bad after all. Kiwami isn't a new game, however, but a remake - a sweeping visual overhaul of the 2005 original, with a number of systemic and narrative tweaks besides, bringing it more in line with this year's 80s-set prequel Yakuza 0. But while Zero explored the lavish excesses of Japan's bubble economy, it's Kiwami that suggests you can have too much of a good thing: in many ways the remake's greatest asset might also be its biggest problem.
Publisher: Sega/Deep Silver
Yakuza Kiwami, the PS4 remake of the original Yakuza, is slated for release on 29th August and publisher Sega is offering a host of free post-launch DLC to follow on a weekly basis in September.
The new content, detailed below, can be obtained through Bob Utsunomiya, the clown located underneath the Tenkaichi Street Gate.
So, without further ado, here's what free goodies you'll get:
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Yakuza Kiwami, the upcoming remake of the very first game in the long-running Yakuza series, has been given an official release date for North America and Europe, as well as an extra special launch steelbook edition. The game will arrive on Tuesday 29th August 2017, costing £29.99 in the UK, $29.99 in the US and €34.99 in Europe.
Yakuza Kiwami is not a remaster of the PS2 classic but a complete from-the-ground-up remake of the game that kicked off the franchise, starring series regulars Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima in their very first appearances. The Steelbook Edition of the game is a 'while supplies last' offer and will encompass the first production run only, meaning they'll likely disappear quickly post-launch.
Yakuza Kiwami, the PS4 remake of the original 2005 game, is coming to PS4 in the west summer 2017 via publisher Deep Silver.
Way, way back in early February 2016, Digital Foundry ventured to the Japanese PlayStation Store and picked up a digital copy of Yakuza Kiwami. We hoped that Sega would consider bringing this excellent PS4 remake to the West and just over 18 months later, it's finally happened. To mark the occasion, we've decided to republish our original analysis. If you've enjoyed the Yakuza titles, or want to check out the series for the first time, we reckon it's well worth a look.
After dodging the limelight at this year's Gamescom, Sony finally gave us the press conference we were expecting back in August. Whether it was the conference we were hoping for, of course, is another matter entirely. Thankfully, in case you missed it, Aoife and Martin have gone over the biggest announcements and are ready to bring you up to speed.