Yakuza 0 Arrives in Early 2017 in North America & Europe for PS4, Retail Edition Confirmed

March 22, 2016 Written by Jason Dunning

First announced solely for North America, Sega confirmed today that Yakuza 0 will release for PlayStation 4 in early 2017 in North America and Europe through retail and digital stores.

Sega said:

The characters Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima sprang to life in video games all the way back in 2005, but we got to experience their lives in the midst of their inglorious Yakuza careers, even seeing what life was like after getting out of the organization.

But now, with Yakuza 0, players get to step into the sartorially immaculate shoes of Kiryu and Majima *before* they became the Dragon and the Mad Dog (respectively). And when the game launches, you’ll get to find out just how bad things can get for a Yakuza foot soldier.

And here’s a list of Yakuza 0 features:

  • 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.

Although Yakuza 0 was released in Japan for both PS4 and PS3, Sega is “only localizing the PS4 version of Yakuza 0” in North America and Europe. Additionally, Yakuza 0 is being localized entirely by Sega. “PlayStation isn’t involved on a production level with this title,” they added.

If you don’t have Yakuza 5 yet, it’s currently on sale for $29.99 through the PlayStation Store.

[Source: PS Blog]