Yakuza 0 is Coming to North America!

SEGA made a couple of exciting announcements at Sony’s PSX event this weekend. One of which was that Yakuza 0 would be making its way to North America!

Yakuza 0 is a prequel to the Yakuza series. Following the origins of Kazuma Kiryu, series protagonist, gamers will get to experience Japan’s underbelly during the 1980s. Here we’ll get to meet long time favorites like Goro Majima (who’s actually playable) and see how they became the people they are today.

Yakuza 0 Features via press release:

•    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 “Dragon” without being able to knock a few heads. Combat styles 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.

Though Yakuza 0 was released on the PS3 and PS4 in Japan, it’s only coming to the PS4 when its released next year. That’s ok though because Yakuza 5 will be released digitally on the PS3 on December 8th…er…tomorrow; though it would have been nice for newcomers to be able to play Yakuza 0 then 5, it’s pretty cool that the PS3 is getting some love.


Yakuza 0 will be released sometime in early 2016 for the PS4. Be sure to check back here as we continue to cover this series!

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