With a year since its release, Yakuza Kiwamia (you can see our review here) was released, allowing us to see Kazuma Kiryu as he took his leave from the world of the Yakuza. However, fate is a cruel mistress and Kiryu, the legendary Dragon of Dojima, was once more drug back into the world of the Yakuza as a potential all-out war between the families began to ignite. As the potential war has begun to brew, SEGA has announced that Kazuma Kiryu is preparing for his valiant return with Yakuza Kiwami 2 on August 28, 2018, for $49.99.
Along with the announcement, SEGA has also released both a trailer and information about pre-order incentives for the game. As part of their announcement, SEGA has confirmed that pre-orders and first-run copies of Yakuza Kiwami 2 will ship with a beautiful SteelBook case featuring Kiryu and his fiercest rival, the Dragon of Kansai, Ryuji Goda. Not caught up with the story? SEGA has released an official Yakuza Experience Website in order to help you understand what is going on up to this point, so check it out, enjoy it, and prepare for Yakuza Kiwami 2 in the upcoming month.
You can check out the official Yakuza Kiwami 2 features as noted by SEGA themselves:
- Dragons Belong on the Dragon Engine – Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a re-creation of the original Yakuza 2, completely rebuilt in the Dragon Engine, the same engine used in developing Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. Experience gorgeous graphics on top of seamless transitions between battles or when entering or leaving buildings. All cutscenes and key voiced lines have been re-recorded to be as true to the original as possible, while reaping the benefits of the most powerful engine the Yakuza series has ever seen.
- Big Hits, Minigames – Kiryu hasn’t let his time away from the front lines dull his skills in combat or leisure. Pull off a wide variety of brutal (and hilarious) Heat Actions, and challenge new minigames such as Golf Bingo, the original arcade release of Virtual-On, the return of Yakuza 0’s much-celebrated Cabaret (including the return of fan-favorite Yuki!), Majima’s revamped Clan Creator, and even SEGA’s infamous Toylets!
- Unveil the Truth of Goro Majima – This time around, Kiryu isn’t the only one running the show – fans of the Mad Dog of Shimano won’t want to miss this new Majima-centric campaign, which features Majima as a playable character, complete with his trusty dagger, and sheds light on his personal journey from the end of Yakuza Kiwami up to Yakuza Kiwami 2.
- Extreme Localization – We’ve gone through the Yakuza Kiwami 2 script with a fine-toothed comb; every effort has been made to ensure that it’s the most faithful representation of the original Japanese. SEGA is committed to supporting the best Yakuza experience possible for the series’ dedicated fans around the world.
Yakuza Kiwami 2 is currently in development for the PlayStation 4 home console and will release on August 28, 2018, for $49.99. Stay tuned for our review.
bout the Writer:
Dustin is our native console game reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the borders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPGs, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on Twitter or Facebook.