If you’re a fan of Sega’s over-the-top, arcadey, open-world(ish), beat ’em up Yakuza series, then have we got a pleasant surprise for you! Just yesterday, Sega released a GIF of the protagonist Goro Majima peeking his head out of a manhole on Yakuza Kiwami’s webpage. As metacouncil forums user ‘prudis’ and PC Gamer noticed, this GIF shows a release date on the final frame. That release date is February 19, just under a month from now.
Then today, Sega blew the lid off this GIF with a full-fledged PC trailer for Yakuza Kiwami, which you can watch below. In it, Sega advertises 4K textures and uncapped framerates, as would be expected from a PC port.
It will be fascinating to see the mods that the community will inevitably create for Yakuza Kiwami. It seems that every time a popular console game gets a PC port, talented modders go to town with editing and adding to the original game’s assets. Skyrim has thrived for years and years because of a dedicated modding community, and most would argue that playing Skyrim modded is the definitive version of the game. Let’s see if the same thing happens with Yakuza Kiwami.
When the first Yakuza originally released back on the PS2, it was a relatively obscure franchise. But in recent years, games like Yakuza 6: The Song of Life and Yakuza 0 have raised awareness of the series to a much higher level. Kiwami was a remake that sought to bring the first game in the series to a modern audience on PS4—and now it’s coming to PC.
If you haven’t had a chance to give Kiwami a try yet, it’s an absolute delight. In many ways, it reminds us of the Grand Theft Auto series, but with a lighthearted Japanese twist. Plus, it has minigames—tons and tons of minigames. These range from billiards to blackjack to bowling to—here’s the best one—karaoke!
Yakuza Kiwami comes to PC on February 19. For more on Yakuza, read our overview of Yakuza 0 on PC. For all other things video games, stay tuned to Culture of Gaming.