This weekend, the streets of Kamurocho will be raging. Sega and developer Empty Clip Studios are launching Streets of Kamurocho, a Streets of Rage 2 and Yakuza mash-up, for free on Steam.
It's part of Sega's 60th Anniversary celebration announced today. Over the weekend, Sega will have four "mini-games" freely available on Steam, celebrating the publisher's legacy in the gaming space. Alongside Streets of Kamurocho, Sega is also publishing Relic's retro-inspired Armor of Heroes; a side-scrolling shooter mash-up between the Endless series and Fantasy Zone called Endless Zone, made by Amplitude Studios; and Golden Axed, a never-before-seen glimpse of a canned project called Golden Axe: Reborn.
These will all be freely available on Steam on sequential days starting tomorrow. Armor of Heroes goes up on Oct. 15, Endless Zone on Oct. 16, Streets of Kamurocho on Oct. 17, and Golden Axed on Oct. 18. They'll all be freely available until Oct. 19, so make sure to set a reminder to grab all the games before then.
I don't want to play favorites, but, come on. Streets of Kamurocho is a match made in heaven. Streets of Rage already saw a strong revival this year with DotEmu's entry, but Yakuza is moving in a new direction. Bringing Kiryu and Majima back to beat up some punks in the streets of Kamurocho, in the retro style of Streets of Rage? Heck yes. That's all I've ever wanted, and hopefully Empty Clip can deliver on it.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon, meanwhile, will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC on Nov. 10, 2020. PS5 players will have to wait until next March to check it out for themselves. Be sure to check out our own Mike Williams' take on the new RPG look for Yakuza.