Anybody that knows me knows that there’s no video game series I care more about than Yakuza, and in particular, the joy that comes from seeing anyone and everyone being able to play the series on their console of choice. With that being said, it’s particularly exciting to see SEGA continue to embrace PC gaming in the West, with their latest offering being Yakuza Kiwami via Steam.
Announced via the official Steam page forYakuza Kiwami via a sly little gif of Goro Majima emerging from the sewers, SEGA gave dedicated fans a single-frame to catch the February 19 release date for the second entry. Much like the previous release of Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami 2 will feature enhanced visuals and uncapped framerates on PC, ultimately bringing the city of Kamurocho to life so much more vividly.
SEGA describes the game via the official Steam page below:
“Kiwami” means extreme.
1995, Kamurocho… Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, takes the fall for the murder of a crime boss to protect his sworn brother, Akira Nishikiyama, and his childhood friend, Yumi.
2005… Akira Nishikiyama has become a changed man. Yumi is nowhere to be found. Ten billion yen has gone missing from the Tojo Clan’s coffers, putting the organization on the brink of civil war. And Kazuma Kiryu is released from prison to a world he no longer recognizes.
With enhanced gameplay, an expanded cinematic story, the return of the battle styles from Yakuza 0, more nightlife spots, and re-recorded audio by the series cast, Yakuza Kiwami is the ultimate and most “extreme” version of the original vision of the series, now optimised for PC with 4K resolutions, uncapped framerates, customisable controls and ultra-widescreen support.
With a release date locked-in and the player base for the Yakuza titles growing faster than ever before, it’s exciting that an entire install of gamers will be able to enjoy the game for the very first time. For those of you who have had a chance to play Yakuza 0 on PC, it’s worth noting that as a game, the first Yakuza title in which Yakuza Kiwami is a remake of actually came out ten years prior to its prequel. With that being said, you can certainly expect the same level of storytelling, but don’t be too surprised when it’s a little less open.
Those interested in checking out more on Yakuza Kiwami, be sure to check out the game’s official Steam webpage, here.