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Sometimes critical praise isn't enough to elevate a game into success. Sometimes, word of mouth is enough. In the west, word of mouth as of late is likely what led to Yakuza's recent success, whether with 5's free offering as a Playstation Plus title, or earlier in 2017 when it seemed like everyone was playing Yakuza 0 for its silly side-quests.
Luckily, the next year for Yakuza only seems to be growing for Western fans, and Sega's released two new trailers spotting the upcoming installments. On August 29, the original Yakuza game remake, Yakuza Kiwami, is releasing worldwide for the first time beyond Japan. The updated remake has some additional changes from its predecessor—aside from its HD graphics of course. The most notable of which is a new "Majima Everywhere" system.
Majima, the other playable character in Yakuza 0, exists here as Kiryu's chief rival. In Yakuza Kiwami, Majima's sort of an omnipresent being: he'll pop up out of nowhere to challenge you for battle, whether he's hiding in a trashcan or donning an elaborate disguise. The scenario sounds a bit like the presence of the Joker in Arkham Knight, who frequently pops up when you least expect him across the game. (Though in that case, it was solely for jump scares.)
Sega also released a trailer for Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, which will be releasing in "early 2018." There's a noted change from Yakuza 5 in Yakuza 6, where instead of multiple characters to play as, this time you're just stuck with Kiryu. Kiryu's left in a precarious situation after Haruka, Kiryu's almost daughter-like figure who was also playable in the previous game (instead of beating up people in the street, you participated in improv dance battles—it's great), is in a coma after getting hit by a car. The twist: she was protecting her child, whose dad is unknown to Kiryu. Kiryu is left to protect the baby.
As with most Yakuza trailers, Yakuza 6's is incredibly dramatic. The Yakuza series may be known for its wacky side content, but where it shines is its incredible facial animations, voice acting, and drama that has more twists and turns than a soap opera. The sixth (or, er, seventh if you count Yakuza 0, or more if you count the spin-offs) game is promised to be the end of Kiryu's story in the Yakuza series.