Yakuza 0 is heading west – but not until next year

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 22 March 2016 14:00 GMT

In December 2015 SEGA promised Yakuza 0 would be heading west, and now we know when. It’s going to be quite a wait, though.

SEGA announced today the origins story of Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima would arrive in early 2017 in physical format and digitally on PlayStation 4.

It will release with Japanese voice over and English-only subtitles simultaneously in both North America and Europe.

The game takes the player back in time to experience Kiryu’s ascension into the ranks of the Yakuza. The story-driven adventure focuses on navigating the underworld of Japan and offers the chance to play Majima Goro – the Mad Dog of Shimano – who previously was only an NPC.

Here’s a list of features with a bit of story tossed in:

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 abilities 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.

Yakuza 0 was announced in 2014 and it released Japan back in March 2015.

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