Yakuza Kiwami 2 Is Getting A Western Release August 28
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.
Yakuza Kiwami 2 uses the new Dragon Engine which is the graphical foundation for Yakuza 6. It provides the best visual fidelity the series ever had, but also allows players to enter shops and buildings without loading times, even during fights. Yakuza 2 brings fans back to Tokyo’s fictional red-light district of Kamurocho and also takes us to the riverside Osakan town of Sotenbori; these two locations will look better than ever with the Dragon Engine.
This isn’t the first time a PS2-era Yakuza game was remade. Yakuza Kiwami came to the West last year and modernized the series’ first release with additional substories, the Majima Everywhere subplot, and tweaks that made the storytelling more cohesive. Voiceovers were re-recorded to capture the improved localization, one aspect the series is known for, and Kiwami 2 is getting the same treatment.
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.