Yakuza 0 will launch in North America and Europe this January 24th, 2017 exclusively on PS4. This will come both digitally and physically.
The Yakuza series is extremely popular in Japan and has a strong following here in the States as well, so it is good to see that this iteration is coming our way soon. For those who have never played Yakuza you can still get in on the action as Yakuza 0 is a prequel that will usher you right into the game’s world and its characters.
For those of you itching for more details Localization Producer, Scott Stichart had this to say via PlayStation Blog;
“I’ll start with saying that, for the first time since Yakuza 2 back on PS2, we’re actually putting all the chapter titles, character introductions, opponent names, and on-screen directions in English, instead of just subtitling the kanji. This might seem like a pretty small change, but I think when you get to play the game, you’ll really feel the difference!
Secondly, and this is sometimes controversial, but hear me out — we’re maintaining general-use honorifics in the English script. We’re leaving the original Japanese voices intact for the authenticity that only a Japanese voice actor could bring to a yakuza experience, so we took the opportunity to bring the subtitles you’re reading closer to what you’re actually hearing the characters say. Beyond just marrying the subtitles to the spoken word, the honorifics actually play a pretty important role in understanding the respect (or lack thereof) characters have for each other. I think you’ll really see how much more this adds to the story when you get to play it!
Lastly, with this game rewinding to the origins of the series, this was also a chance for us to hit the reset button on the way we refer to the yakuza ranks. Yakuza 0 is going to show you how a power struggle inside a criminal organization looks, and I’ll tell right now, it ain’t pretty.
Of course, whenever you need a break from all this heavy stuff, Yakuza 0 — like the rest of the games before it — delivers plenty of diversions. You can race pocket cars, manage your side businesses, hit the dance floor or the pool hall, go get a drink, chat up girls on the telephone, and much, much more.”
I for one have never gotten a chance to play all of the Yakuza games so I am excited to here that I will have the chance to play the prequel to help spring me into the entire series. Need more info? Check out the Yakuza 0 official website here.
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