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Yakuza 0 launches in the West on Jan. 24

Beat ass galore with the Dragon of Dojima

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Almost two years after its Japan debut, Yakuza 0 will launch in North America and Europe on Jan. 24, Sega announced today.

Yakuza 0, for PlayStation 4 only, takes the player to the decadence of Tokyo in the late 1980s and is set up as a prequel to Sega's action-brawler gangster franchise. It launched in Japan in March 2015.

The story follows protagonist Kiryu as he rises through the Dojima crime family. When he's sent to collect a debt and fails, all hell breaks loose.

Sega of America is handling the localization. The launch here will allow players, "for the first time in a numbered [Yakuza] game," to play as the eccentric Goro Majima, a longtime NPC.

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