Sega is bringing remasters of Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 to the PlayStation 4. It appears getting away from the Yakuza games is as difficult as getting out of the actual yakuza. Mind, spending time with series protagonist Kiryu is more much more pleasant—and considerably safer—than being indoctrinated into Japan's notorious gangster scene.
The news about the remasters arrived courtesy of the latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation, as well as the latest issue of Famitsu Weekly. Gematsu translated and summarized the information available. The remasters will reportedly contain the same content as the original games but will run at 1080p and at 60 FPS.
The first remaster, Yakuza 3, is coming to Japan on August 9 and costs ¥3,990 (approximately $35 USD). The Yakuza 4 remaster is coming in Fall 2018, and the Yakuza 5 remaster is coming in Spring 2019.
Sega hasn't said whether it plans to bring the remasters to the West, but the company's been on a righteous crusade to give Yakuza a much-deserved push on these shores. The localization of Yakuza 3 for the PlayStation 3 received some bad press in 2010 when fans learned many of the game's sub-quests were cut (including the option to visit Japanese hostess bars). No doubt a "complete" translation of Yakuza 3 would be very welcome.
Does the long and sometimes twisted timeline of Kiryu's adventures (and misadventures) have you baffled? We can help you sort everything out with our guide to everything you need to know about the Yakuza series.