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Sega's next Yakuza to feature playable 'Taiko Drum Master'

Yakuza 5 x Taiko Drum Master
Yakuza 5 x Taiko Drum Master
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Yakuza 5 gets a cameo from Namco Bandai's Taiko Drum Master.

The wild, wacky world of Sega's Yakuza series is no stranger to product placement and collaboration. The Japanese gangster games proudly promote real-world beverages, convenience stores, magazines, and booze. And while in-game Club Sega arcades have featured games like Virtua Fighter 4 as set dressing, the upcoming Yakuza 5 will take it one step further, boasting a playable arcade version of Namco Bandai's rhythm game Taiko Drum Master into the PlayStation 3 title.

Sega's Yakuza games typically feature a handful of mini-games and diversions, including karaoke, golf, and table tennis. The latest issue of Famitsu magazine, Andriasang reports, reveals that Sega and Namco will work the 10-year-old Taiko no Tatsujin series into the next entry, which is due to hit Japan in December.

Namco Bandai and Sega are currently collaborating — along with Capcom — on Project X Zone, a cross-franchise strategy role-playing game for the Nintendo 3DS.

Sega of America has not yet announced a North American release for Yakuza 5.

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