Today, Sega announced that PlayStation 4 exclusive Yakuza 0 is set to launch in North America and Europe on January 24, 2017.
The Tokyo 1988 crime action-adventure game will be available both physically and digitally for both regions.
Here’s an official description from Sega:
“Yakuza 0 portrays the genesis of Kazuma Kiryu, the rising Dragon of Dojima in the heyday of the economic bubble in the late 1980s. Starting off in series familiar location Kamurocho, Kiryu, a junior member of the Dojima family, gets blamed for a debt collection that ended in murder. Of course, this murder happened on a hotly coveted plot of land in Kamurocho, and Kiryu quickly finds himself in over his head trying to regain his honor and save the status of his benefactor and father figure, Shintaro Kazama.”
Below are some highlights of the game:
- 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 the “dragon” without being able to knock a few heads. Combat abilities 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 now 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.
Being previously released in Asia, Yakuza 0 has sold over 500,000 copies, which according to Sega President Haruki Satomi, exceeded the original sales expectations.
Personally, I have never played a game in the Yakuza series, but I plan on making my debut this January. My inner Yakuza can no longer be detained.
Tyler Fischer is an Associate Writer for MONG who plays video games when he’s not busy researching alien conspiracy theories at 2AM. You can find him on Twitter.