Yakuza Kiwami 2 is Getting a Western Release on PS4 This Year

Yakuza Kiwami 2 is Getting a Western Release on PS4 This Year

Two Yakuza games in a single year!

Yakuza Kiwami 2 is coming west on August 28, 2018. Sega announced the news today during a special art gallery exhibit showing off the art of the Yakuza series. This is the second Yakuza remaster coming west following the first Yakuza Kiwami which came out in North America in 2017.

Yakuza Kiwami 2, which already came out in Japan in 2017, is a remake of 2006's Yakuza 2. It will be the second Yakuza game released in the west in 2018 following Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. Both games will come out on the PlayStation 4.

Yakuza 2 takes place a year after the events of the first Yakuza game which sees Kiryu once again drawn into the Yakuza lifestyle after his departure, as he is caught in between a brewing gang war. You can watch the announcement trailer below.

The western release of Yakuza Kiwami 2 will come with a new steelbook edition for players who pre-order the first-run copies of the game. The steelbook and regular editions of the game will retail physically and digitally for $49.99.

The Yakuza series has seen a renaissance as of late in the west as the cult series finally appears to have found an audience. Both Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami came out in the west after releasing in Japan years earlier. Yakuza 0 in particular was met with critical acclaim, including a mention in USgamer's Top 20 Games of 2017. Our Yakuza 6 review also awarded the latest game a 4 out of 5, praising its continuation of the Yakuza series, though we did say it was a step down from Yakuza 0.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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