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Yakuza Kiwami 2 launches in the West this August

A Yakuza classic gets a remaster makeover

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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Yakuza Kiwami 2 is launching in the West on August 28, 2018, Sega announced today. Following the its release in Japan last year, this is a remaster of 2006’s Yakuza 2 in the Dragon Engine, which runs Yakuza 6: The Song of Life.

Yakuza 6 launched in December in Japan and is coming to the rest of the world in April. Yakuza Kiwami 2 will, like the remake of its predecessor, feature fully remade visuals of its characters and environments. The game also features Goro Majima as a playable character, in addition to main star Kazuma Kiryu.

A news release from Sega promised “extreme localization” for the western version coming. “We’ve gone through the Yakuza Kiwami 2 script with a fine-toothed comb; every effort has been made to ensure that it’s the most faithful representation of the original Japanese.”

And for fans of past Yakuza games, well, let’s just let this do the talking:

Pull off a wide variety of brutal (and hilarious) Heat Actions, and challenge new minigames such as Golf Bingo, the original arcade release of Virtual On, the return of Yakuza 0’s much-celebrated Cabaret (including the return of fan-favorite Yuki!), Majima’s revamped Clan Creator, and even Sega’s infamous toylets.

OK then! Yakuza Kiwami 2 will launch on PlayStation 4 when it arrives in August. Here’s a gallery of screenshots.

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