This week’s issue of Famitsu has first details of Yakuza Ishin, the new game announced this week, but what it doesn’t have is confirmation of the game’s platform, which is quite interesting.
Except for the recent Wii U releases, which seem to have tanked, Yakuza has always been a PlayStation exclusive. That sega is holding off on the announce suggests that it may be a PlayStation 4 title, or – gosh! – going multi-platform.
According to Gematsu, two characters have been confirmed – historical figures Sakamoto Ryoma and Hajime Saito – as have two cities: Tosa and Kyoto.
Siliconera reports that series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu will “play” both Ryoma and Saito.
Although the game’s subtitle translates as Restoration, the two characters lived in the period immediately proceeding the Meiji Restoration. Ryoma was an anti-Tokugawa Shogunate revolutionary whose murder was never conclusively solved. Saito was a captain of the Shinsengumi, one of the forces which hunted for Ryoma. The game’s premise is that things would have been quite different if Ryoma had the personality traits of Kiryu, and faked his death to later join the Shinsengumi under the false name Saito.
No release date has been announced. Western release is in no way confirmed, as Sega has not yet confirmed a localisation for the last core entry, Yakuza 5.