Yakuza 5 Coming to the U.S. and Europe


Hey, the United States isn’t the only country with gangsters. They do just fine on that front in Japan, thank you. And that latest video game take on Japanese Yakuza life, Yakuza 5, will be out in the U.S. next year on PS3 so you can educate yourself.

Sony and Sega announced the game will hit the U.S. in 2015 over the weekend at the PlayStation Experience event in Las Vegas. No precise release date was given. The game has been out since December 2012 in Japan.

Yakuza 5 will continue to follow the story of Kazuma Kiryu, but with also feature four other protagonists and take place in five Japanese cities. The game will also feature a new graphics engine.

“The world of the Yakuza series has fascinated gamers in Japan and the West for many years,” said John Cheng, COO and President of SEGA of America in a press release. “We know fans have been eagerly awaiting a release of Yakuza 5 here and we are thrilled to finally launch this spectacular entry in the series in North America and Europe.”

The game promises more mini-games, a new battle system, and enhanced, ahem, interactions in the series’ infamous hostess bars. There will also be five side stories, separate from the main game, that focus more in-depth on each protagonist.


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