Yakuza Kiwami 2 Coming West This Summer 2018

Heads up Yakuza gamers located in the West. Sega just answered your prayers and has announced that Yakuza Kiwami 2 will be localized and released in the West. The current release date is set for August 28th, 2018 – assuming it doesn’t get delayed. It will be priced at $49.99.

Yakuza Kiwami 2 Features:

  • 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.
Also announced is Yakuza Kiwami 2 SteelBook edition, with pre-orders for both starting soon. If you’re interested in your own steelbook, be sure to head over to Yakuza.sega.com/kiwami2. Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a remaster of the Yakuza 2 and will run on the Dragon Engine. The same game engine that powers Yakuza 6 and was developed from the ground up, for the PlayStation 4.
This is fantastic news for both the fans of the series and Sega. While the Yakuza series is popular in Japan, it hasn’t been as much over in the West. However, the series definitely has a following over here and one that Sega has been paying attention to for the past few years. 
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