Yakuza Kiwami 2, the latest entry in the series of Yakuza remakes, will launch on August 28th in Europe and North America. The Japanese version of the game has been out in the wild since December 2017, which is a pretty big tease for Yakuza fans. But, with this announcement from Sega, western fans now know that Yakuza Kiwami 2 is within their grasps.
Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a complete remake of the original Yakuza 2, which was originally released on the PlayStation 2 back in 2008. The remake utilises the Dragon Engine, which is the same engine utilised in the upcoming Yakuza 6. This provides the game with beautiful graphical fidelity and brings the district of Kamurocho and its inhabits to life.
Alongside the graphical increase, Yakuza Kiwami 2 will also feature a completely new scenario featuring fan favourite, Goro Majima. Players will take control of the Mad Dog of Shimano as they uncover the events that occurred between the end of Yakuza and the beginning of Yakuza 2.
For the uninformed, in Yakuza Kiwami 2, you play as Kazuma Kiryu, a badass Yakuza member who is known amongst the clans for his ability to beat the crap out of anyone who challenges him. The storyline of the Yakuza series is your classic crime-drama, but with over-the-top characters and memorable moments that has made the franchise so loved amongst its fans. Also, Majima is the best boy and this isn’t debatable.
Since gamers may not have access to older hardware or the original games, the Yakuza Kiwami series has provided an opportunity for those unfamiliar with the franchise to dip their toes into its insane world. People may be getting tired of the never-ending cycle of remakes and remasters, but the Yakuza Kiwami series shows that reworking a game from the ground up for newer technology and audiences can draw in new and existing fans.